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USS Holland (AS-32)

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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation (4)
Bottom Row - Navy Battle "E" Ribbon (8) - National Defense Service Medal (2) - Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon

Hunley Class Submarine Tender:
  • Laid down, 5 March 1962, at Ingalls Shipbuilding Corp., Pascagoula, MS.
  • Launched, 19 January 1963
  • Commissioned USS Holland (AS-32), 30 September 1963, CAPT. Charles W. Styer, Jr. USN, in command
  • Decommissioned, 30 September 1996
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 12 May 2000
  • Title transfer to MARAD, 24 February 2001, for disposal
  • Laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping in 2013
    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 gun mounts
    Propulsion Diesel electric, single shaft

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    Holland 176k

    John Philip Holland, the man who developed the first true submarine accepted by U.S. Navy (spending 57 of his 74 years working with submersibles), was born in Liscanor, County Clare, Ireland, on 29 February 1840. As a youth, he considered the use of the submarine to further the cause of Irish Independence. Holland came to the United States in 1873. In 1875 his first submarine designs were submitted for consideration by the U.S. Navy, but turned down as unworkable. Holland continued to improve his designs and worked on several experimental boats prior to his successful efforts with the privately built Holland launched in 1898. This was the first submarine having power to run submerged for any considerable distance. She was purchased by the Navy after rigorous tests, and six more of her type were ordered.
    US Navy photo # NH 2697, John Philip Holland (1841-1914)
    Halftone reproduction of a photograph taken circa the 1890s or the early 1900s.
    He was the inventor of the U.S. Navy's first successful submarine, USS Holland (Submarine Torpedo Boat # 1). U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.
    Bill Gonyo
    Holland 81k The ship's sponsor Mrs. John Stennis, wife of US Senator from the State of Mississippi, breaks the traditional bottle of champagne across the bow of Holland (AS-32) as she christens the ship, 19 January 1963, at Ingalls Shipbuilding Corp., Pascagoula, MS Dale Hargrave
    Holland 86k Holland (AS-32) launching, 19 January 1963, at Ingalls Shipbuilding Corp., Pascagoula, MS Dale Hargrave
    Holland 114k
    Holland 142k
    Holland 145k Holland (AS-32) under way during acceptance trials prior to commissioning in September 1963.
    US Navy photo
    Tommy Trampp
    Holland 54k USS Holland (AS-32) underway, probably during her maiden voyage from Ingalls Shipbuilding Corp., Pascagoula, MS. to Naval Station Charleston S.C., circa October 1963.
    US Navy photos.
    Joe Radigan, MACM USN Ret
    Holland 38k
    Holland 126k USS Holland (AS-32) under way, circa 1963, location unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, March 1964.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Holland 49k USS Holland (AS-32) moored at Naval Station Rota, Spain with a Fleet Ballistic Missile submarine alongside, circa 1 April 1964 to 4 November 1966. Jose A. Garcia USS Holland
    Holland 135k USS Holland (AS-32) moored while tending submarines at Naval Weapons Station Charleston, S. C., circa 1974. Holland's hammerhead crane was removed in 1975.
    US Navy photo.
    Scott Koen
    Holland 154k USS Holland (AS-32) under way on the Clyde River, Scotland, circa 1975-1982. The ship was modernized for from Polaris to Poseidon missile support in 1974-75. At this time, the original 32-ton aft hammerhead crane was replaced by two amidships 30-ton cranes.
    US Navy photo.
    Mike Green
    Dixon 269k USS Holland (AS-32) at right, and USS Dixon (AS-37) at left, tied up pierside in August 1978. Alongside Holland is an unidentified floating crane. In the foreground is a 65-foot Patrol Boat Mark 111 Sea Specter belonging to Coastal Riverine Squadron Two.
    Photo from "U.S. Small Combatants: An Illustrated Design History" by Norman Friedman.
    Robert Hurst
    Holland 336k USS Holland (AS-32) under way, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Jose A. Garcia USS Holland
    Holland 59k USS Holland (AS-32) under way, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Jose A. Garcia USS Holland
    Holland 178k USS Holland (AS-32) under way, circa 1982, location unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, August 1982.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Holland 37k USS Holland (AS-32) under way during Fleet Week at New York in 1989.
    US Navy photo.
    Jose A. Garcia USS Holland
    Holland 33k
    Holland 54k
    Holland 193k USS Holland (AS-32) plaque Tommy Trampp

    Ex-USS Holland (AS-32) in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA., 2009.
    Contributed by Ron Reeves
    After Battle Dressing Station
    Inner Hull
    Machine Shop
    Missile Silos, exterior
    Missile Silo, interior
    Valve Shop
    Nuclear Facilities
    Nuclear Facilities
    Ex-USS Holland (AS-32) at ex-Mare Island Naval Shipyard for cleaning prior to transit to Texas for scrapping, July 2013.
    Contributed by Ron Reeves
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    Ex-USS Holland (AS-32) on tow while passing through the Panama Canal, 23 August 2013, bound for the breakers in Texas.
    Photos courtesy Panama Canal web site, Contributed by David Walker
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    Contributed by Jose A. Garcia

    For more photos and information about USS Holland, see;
  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
  • MARAD Vessel History Database
  • USS Holland AS-32 Association
  • Submarine Tenders of the United States Navy
  • Launch Program contributed by S. Dale Hargrave
  • Suisun Reserve Fleet photos by Michael McDermott

  • Commanding Officers
    01 CAPT. Styer Jr., Charles Wilkes7 September 1963 - 8 August 1964
    02 CAPT. Pugh II, William Marr :RADM8 August 1964 - 12 August 1965
    03 CAPT. Hopley, Eric Earle12 August 1965 - 8 August 1966
    04 CAPT. Padgett Jr., John Bramwell8 August 1966 - 7 October 1967
    05 CAPT. Steele, Robert Dache7 October 1967 - 31 March 1969
    06 CAPT. Rawlins, Robert Daniel31 March 1969 - 22 January 1971
    07 CAPT. Cowhill, William Joseph :VADM22 January 1971 - 31 May 1972
    08 CAPT. Badgett, John Jefferson31 May 1972 - 29 October 1974
    09 CAPT. Smith, David Gerald29 October 1974 - 9 October 1976
    10 CAPT. Hurt, Jonathan Swift9 October 1976 - 11 February 1977
    11 CAPT. Wigley, Lawrence Stewart (Larry)11 February 1977 - 6 July 1979
    12 CAPT. Bump, Stanley Earl6 July 1979 - 22 May 1981
    13 CAPT. Wilson Jr., John Raymond :RADM22 May 1981 - 7 March 1983
    14 CAPT. Broadfield, Donald Earl7 March 1983 - 21 December 1984
    15 CAPT. Mueller, Joseph Brian21 December 1984 - 14 August 1986
    16 CAPT. Little, Edwards Sanford14 August 1986 - 19 August 1988
    17 CAPT. Bowman, Frank Lee (Skip) :ADM19 August 1988 - 14 April 1990
    18 CAPT. Avery, Robert Butner14 April 1990 - 18 April 1992
    19 CAPT. Young, Charles Bruce :RADM18 April 1992 - 1 July 1994
    20 CAPT. Winney Jr., Justin William1 July 1994 - 30 September 1996
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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