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USS Hunley (AS-31)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Sierra - Quebec - Yankee
NSQY
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Secretary of the Navy Letter of Commendation
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation (3)
Bottom Row - Navy Battle "E" Ribbon - National Defense Service Medal - Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon


Hunley Class Submarine Tender:
  • Laid down, 28 November 1960, at Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Newport News, VA.
  • Launched, 28 September 1961
  • Commissioned USS Hunley (AS-31), 16 June 1962, CAPT. Douglas N. Syverson, in command
  • Decommissioned, 30 September 1994
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 3 May 1995
  • Title transfer to the Maritime Administration (MARAD), 1 May 1999
  • Laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River, Fort Eustis, VA.
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 5 January 2007, to Southern Scrap Materials Company, New Orleans, LA.
    Specifications:
    Displacement 12,852 t.(lt) 17,640 t.(fl)
    Length 599'
    Beam 83'
    Draft 23' 4"
    Speed 18 kts.
    Complement 1,190
    Armament two twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    Propulsion Diesel-electric, one shaft

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    Hunley 187k USS Hunley (AS-31) ready for launch, 28 September 1961, at Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Newport News, VA. Dale Hargrave
    Hunley 385k USS Hunley (AS-31) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photos.
    Scott Koen
    Hunley
    NPC-1064162
    185k
    Hunley 103k USS Hunley (AS-31) underway, 14 December 1962
    US Navy photo # NH 96829 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center
    US Naval Historical Center
    Hunley 3499k USS Hunley (AS-31) at her mooring in Holy Loch, Scotland, with ballistic-missile submarines alongside, circa April 1963. HMC Fred Overly, USN Retired
    Hunley 103k USS Hunley (AS-31) tied to mooring buoys at Holy Loch, Scotland, circa April 1963. She has two submarines, an LCM and other vessels alongside.
    US Navy photo # NH 96830 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center
    US Naval Historical Center
    Hunley 226k USS Hunley (AS-31) moored in the Holy Loch, Scotland, circa April 1963-64 while tending FBM Submarines.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Hunley 105k USS Hunley (AS-31) at her mooring in Holy Loch, Scotland, April 1966, with USS Thomas A. Edison (SSBN-610) alongside.
    US Navy photo # 69856 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center
    US Naval Historical Center
    Hunley 24k USS Hunley (AS-31) at her mooring in Holy Loch, Scotland, circa 1966 while tending SSBNs. Also note Floating Crane YD-245. Carl Musselman
    Hunley 154k USS Hunley (AS-31) in Holy Loch, Scotland, with harbor tugs Piqua (YTB-793), at left, and Natick (YTB-760) assisting, 7 June 1987. USS Simon Lake (AS-33) is on Hunley's opposite side, with masts, cranes and stack visible. Photograph was received in June 1992.
    US Navy photo # NH 96831
    US Naval Historical Center
    Hunley 152k USS Simon Lake (AS-33) arriving at Holy Loch, Scotland to relieve USS Hunley (AS-31) in 1966.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, October 1966.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Hunley 133k Left to right; USS Kamehameha (SSBN-642), USS Hunley (AS-31), USNS Furman (T-AK-280) USS Proteus (AS-19) and USS Stonewall Jackson (SSBN-634) The two submarines are receiving regular routine maintenance and upkeep. Hunley is in the process of relieving Proteus, and Furman is providing both tenders with spare parts and groceries on her regular monthly trip Guam. Hunley will be in Guam for about five months while Proteus is in overhaul at the Ship Repair Facility, Guam. The background shows the peninsula of Polaris Point.
    Photo from "All Hands" magazine, July 1968.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Hunley 79k Stern view of USS Hunley (AS-31) moored in her homeport, Charleston, S. C., circa 1970.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Hunley 133k Stern view of USS Hunley (AS-31) moored in her homeport, Charleston, S. C., circa 1970. She has two submarines alongside. An unidentified sub to port and USS John Adams (SSBN-620) to starboard.
    US Navy photo
    Scott Koen
    Hunley 151k USS Hunley (AS-31) moored pierside at Fort Lauderdale. FL., date unknown
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, January 1971.
    Stanley C. Svec
    Hunley 65k USS Hunley (AS-31) approaching Apra Harbor, Guam, 11 October 1977
    Photographed by M.L. Millard
    US Navy photo # 1150152 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center
    US Naval Historical Center
    Hunley 353k USS Hunley (AS-31) servicing FBM Submarines in the Holy Loch at Dunoon, Scotland, December 1985. Moored aft of Hunley is Large Auxiliary Floating Dry Dock Los Alamos (AFDB-7)
    US Navy photos by PH1 Perry E. Thorsvik.
    Scot Koen and
    Carl Musellman
    Hunley 358k
    Hunley 149k
    Hunley 205k USS Hunley (AS-31) tied to mooring buoys at Holy Loch, Scotland, circa December 1986-87. Note Christmas decorations, the stars on the stack and main mast. Photo by Carl Musselman MM1/SS 1982-1995.
    Hunley 383k USS Hunley (AS-31) moored at the D&S piers Naval Station Norfolk, VA., with two Los Angeles Class Submarines alongside, 9 October 1988.
    Department of Defense photo # DN-ST-89-00218
    Scott Koen
    Hunley 279k USS Hunley (AS-31) moored at the D&S piers Naval Station Norfolk, VA., Christmas Day 1989.
    US Navy photo
    Scott Koen
    Hunley 634k USS Hunley (AS-31) and SUBRON Eight FBM Submarines moored at the D&S piers Naval Station Norfolk, VA., Winter 1989-90.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.


    For more photos and information about USS Hunley, see;
  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
  • USS Hunley AS-31
  • Submarine Tenders of the United States Navy
  • Launching Program contributed by S. Dale Hargrave
  • Miscellaneous and Memorabilia
  • Commanding Officers

  • Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S.Navy Memorial Foundation

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