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USS Emory S. Land (AS-39)

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Emory S. Land Class Submarine Tender:
  • Laid down, 2 March 1976, at Lockheed Shipbuilding Corp., Seattle, WA.
  • Launched, 4 May 1977
  • Commissioned USS Emory S. Land (AS-39), 7 July 1979
  • USS Emory S. Land (AS-39) is assigned to the US Atlantic Fleet and homeported at La Maddalena, Sardinia, until September 2007
  • The Military Sealift Command (MSC) assumed operation of USS Emory S. Land, 1 February 2008, as a unit of the Navy Fleet Auxiliary Force and will be homeported Guam
    Specifications:
    Displacement 13,911 t.(lt) 22,978 t.(fl)
    Length 649'
    Beam 85'
    Draft 29' (max)
    Speed 21 kts.
    Armament
    two 40mm AA gun mounts
    four 20mm AA gun mounts
    Complement 1,500
    Propulsion
    two boilers
    one steam turbine
    single propeller, 20,000shp

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    Emory S Land 132k
    Namesake

    Vice Admiral Emory Scott Land, from Cannon City, Colorado, graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy on May 21, 1902. Following two years of sea duty, he became a Naval Architect specializing in submarine construction. During World War I, he served on the Board of Devices and Plans connected with Submarines in Warfare, the Board of Standardization of Submarines, and the staff of Admiral William S. Sims, who commanded all U.S. naval forces in European waters. Land played a key role in the design of the S Class submarines from 1917 to 1919, the Navy's first attempt to build a submarine capable of operating with the battle fleet. Land was vice chairman of the Navy’s postwar U-Boat Plans Committee in 1920. From October 1, 1932 until April 1, 1937, Land was Chief of the Bureau of Construction and Repair. In this position, he played a major role in submarine development leading to the highly successful fleet boats of World War II. Land retired in 1937, but on February 18, 1938 he became Chairman of the U.S. Maritime Commission, overseeing the design and construction of the more than 4,000 Liberty and Victory ships that flew the U.S. flag during World War II.
    Photo and text from US Naval Submarine Warfare Division.
    Bill Gonyo
    Emory S Land 218k The ships' sponsor, Mrs. Sara Long, wife of Adm. Robert L. J. Long, christens USS Emory S. Land (AS-39) as she is launched, at Lockheed Shipbuilding Corp., Seattle, WA., 4 May 1977.
    US Navy photo
    S. Dale Hargrave
    Emory S Land 385k USS Emory S. Land (AS-39) moored pierside at the D&S piers, Naval Station, Norfolk, VA., date unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Scott Koen
    Emory S Land 352k USS Emory S. Land (AS-39) (foreground) and USS Sirius (T-AFS-8) (background) underway, date and location unknown. TJ Tropea courtesy of CAPT. David Volonino.
    Emory S Land 94k USS Emory S. Land (AS-39) underway, 22 April 1983, location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Robert M. Cieri
    Eufaula 287k Eufaula (YTB-800) underway at Naval Station Norfolk. USS Emory S. Land (AS-39) and the Spruance-class destroyer USS Peterson (DD-969) are moored in the background, 22 June 1985.
    DVIC photo # DN-ST-86-00438 June 22 1985, a US Navy photo by Don S. Montgomery now in the collections of the Defense Visual Information Center.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Emory S Land 287k USS Emory S. Land (AS-39) at anchor off Staten Island in New York harbor, 3 July 1986 during the Statue of Liberty Centennial celebration. Photo by ©Marc Piché Vercheres, Quebec, Canada. TJ Tropea, Courtesy Marc Piché
    Emory S Land 30k USS Emory S. Land (AS-39), pierside Naval Station Norfolk, VA., summer 1992. In the background the bow of USS Hunley (AS-31) is just visible at left, while the ship beyond USS Emory S. Land on the next pier is USS El Paso (LKA-117). Photo by Adam Robison
    Emory S Land 1245k USS Emory S. Land (AS-39) at anchor La Spezia, Italy, 29 July 2000. Photo by Carlo Martinelli
    Emory S Land 63k USS Emory S. Land (AS-39) underway in Grand Harbour, Valletta, Malta. Robert Hurst
    Emory S Land 62k USS Emory S. Land (AS-39) in port Rijeka, Croatia, during Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group's mid-deployment maintenance period, 7 August 2001. Photo by Frank M. Egger / Lienz - Tyrol/Austria
    Emory S Land 79k USS Emory S. Land (AS-39) in port Rijeka, Croatia, during Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group's mid-deployment maintenance period, 7 August 2001. Photo by Frank M. Egger / Lienz - Tyrol/Austria
    Emory S Land 67k USS Emory S. Land (AS-39) in port Rijeka, Croatia, during Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group's mid-deployment maintenance period, 7 August 2001. USS Ponce (LPD-15) is partially obscured in the background. Photo by Frank M. Egger / Lienz - Tyrol/Austria
    Emory S Land 77k USS Emory S. Land (AS-39) in port Rijeka, Croatia, during Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group's mid-deployment maintenance period, 7 August 2001. Photo by Frank M. Egger / Lienz - Tyrol/Austria
    Emory S Land 441k USS Emory S. Land (AS-39) sits at anchor in Souda Bay with two Avenger-class minesweepers USS Devastator (MCM-6) (is outboard) moored and standing by to receive maintenance and stores onloaded from Emory S. Land personnel.
    US Navy photo # 030315-N-4004O-002 Souda Bay, Crete, Greece (Mar. 15, 2003) by PH1 Benjamin D. Olvey.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Emory S Land 102k USS Emory S. Land (AS-39) with the help of tugboats, is maneuvered into position alongside the command ship, USS LaSalle (AGF 3), at Gaeta. Italy, 18 February 2004, in preparation for a scheduled availability period. As a repair ship, USS Emory S. Land often deploys to Gaeta, Italy on a regular basis to provide repairs for the USS La Salle.
    US Navy photo # 040218-N-4376H-013 by JO3 Jared Hill.
    Jack Treutle
    Emory S Land 747k FGS Niedersachsen (F208), USS Emory S. Land (AS-39), TCG Gediz (F495), and SPS Alvaro De Bazan (F101) steam together through the North Atlantic Ocean on 12 July 2004, while participating in Majestic Eagle 2004.
    US Navy photo # 040712-N-7748-K-008 by PHAN Josh Kinter.
    Robert Hurst
    Emory S Land 260k USS Cole (DDG-67) alongside USS Emory S. Land (AS-39) for repairs, probably at Gaeta, Italy, 26 March 2006.
    US Navy photo # 040327-N-8197M-003
    Scott Koen
    Emory S Land 648k USS Emory S. Land (AS-39) is assisted by harbor tugs Petalesharo (YTB-832) and Negwagon (YTB-834) as she departs her homeport in Italy for the final time on 29 September 2007. USS Emory S. Land left after eight years of providing mobile fleet support to submarines and surface ships in the 6th Fleet area of responsibility.
    US Navy photo # 070929-N-2566U-001 LA MADDALENA, Italy (Sept. 29, 2007) by MC2 Jesus Uranga.
    Lee Wahler
    Emory S Land 1943k Sailors aboard submarine tender USS Emory S. Land (AS-39) man the rails as the ship departs her homeport in Italy for the final time on 29 September 2007.
    US Navy photo # 070929-N-2566U-002 LA MADDALENA, Italy (Sept. 29, 2007) by MC2 Jesus Uranga.
    US Navy Newsstand
    Emory S Land 864k USS Emory S. Land (AS-39) moored pierside at Naval Station Puget Sound, Bremerton, WA. Note she is flying the "Don't Tread on Me" jack at half-staff. CDR. Pete Leenhouts, USN Ret.
    Emory S Land 64k USS Emory S. Land (AS-39) underway in Puget Sound with tugs alongside, date unknown. Photo by Chris Hugo
    Emory S Land 57k USS Emory S. Land (AS-39) underway in Puget Sound 27 May 2010. Photo by Chris Hugo
    Emory S Land 1866k USS Emory S. Land (AS-39) renders honors as she passes the USS Arizona Memorial upon arrival for a port visit at Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam June 22, 2010. Emory S. Land is conducting a homeport shift from Bremerton, WA., to her new homeport of Diego Garcia.
    US Navy photo # 100622-N-3560G-001 PEARL HARBOR (June 22, 2010) by MC2 (SW/AW/SCW) Ronald Gutridge
    Lee Wahler
    Emory S Land 392k USS Emory S. Land (AS-39) stops at Naval Base Guam while enroute to her new homeport of Diego Garcia.
    US Navy photo # 100714-N-4043B-001 SANTA RITA, Guam (July 14, 2010) by MC3 Shannon Burns
    Lee Wahler
    Emory S Land
    100723-N-2531C-002 SANTA RITA, Guam (July 23, 2010)
    1965k USS Emory S. Land (AS-39) transits through Apra Harbor after a port visit to Naval Base Guam. Emory S. Land is conducting a homeport shift from Bremerton, WA., to Diego Garcia.
    US Navy photo #'s 100723-N-2531C-002 SANTA RITA, Guam (July 23, 2010) and 100723-N-2531C-003 SANTA RITA, Guam (July 23, 2010) by MC3 Samantha A. Crosson
    Lee Wahler
    Emory S Land
    100723-N-2531C-003 SANTA RITA, Guam (July 23, 2010)
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    Emory S Land 428k USS Emory S. Land (AS-39) arrives at her forward-deployed location of Diego Garcia. Diego Garcia's critical strategic location is vital for the ship's mission of performing maintenance and support for the U.S. 5th Fleet submarines and surface vessels.
    US Navy photo # 100814-N-1401J-076 DIEGO GARCIA (Aug. 14, 2010) by MCSN Christopher S. Johnson.
    Lee Wahler
    Emory S Land 505k The Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine USS Bremerton (SSN-698) moors alongside the Military Sealift Command submarine tender USS Emory S. Land (AS-39) during a port visit to the Kingdom of Bahrain. Emory S. Land is on a routine deployment providing maintenance and support to submarines and surface vessels deployed to the US 5th Fleet area of responsibility.
    US Navy photo # 110621-N-LQ799-078 MINA SALMAN, Bahrain (June 21, 2011) by MC2 Lewis Hunsaker.
    Robert Hurst
    Emory S Land 634k The Ohio-class guided-missile submarine USS Georgia (SSGN-729) moors outboard of USS Emory S. Land (AS-39) at Diego Garcia to undergo a continuous maintenance availability and crew exchange.
    US Navy photo # 110905-N-WG146-115 DIEGO GARCIA (Sept. 5, 2011) by MC2 Elizabeth Fray.
    Lee Wahler
    Emory S Land 749k USS Emory S. Land (AS-39) tends the Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Columbia (SSN-771) pierside at Royal Malaysian Navy Base in Sepangar, Malaysia. Emory S. Land is on an extended deployment in support of submarine and surface ship maintenance in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility.
    US Navy photo # 111013-N-QY759-185 SEPANGAR, Malaysia (Oct. 10, 2011) by MC1 David R. Krigbaum.
    Lee Wahler
    Emory S Land 203k The Virginia-class attack submarine USS Texas (SSN-775) moors alongside USS Emory S. Land (AS-39). Texas is conducting her first deployment to the western Pacific region. Emory S. Land conducts maintenance and supports submarines and surface vessel in the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet areas of responsibility.
    US Navy photo # 111110-N-QY759-209 SUBIC BAY, Philippines (Nov. 10, 2011) by MC1 David R. Krigbaum.
    Lee Wahler
    Emory S Land 867k USS Emory S. Land (AS-39) prepares to moor at Polaris Point, Guam. USS Emory S. Land, homeported in Diego Garcia, is on an extended deployment in Guam to temporarily relieve USS Frank Cable (AS-40) as the primary afloat maintenance activity in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility.
    US Navy photo # 111214-N-WG146-025 POLARIS POINT, Guam (Dec. 14, 2011) by MC2 Elizabeth Fray.
    Lee Wahler
    Emory S Land 313k USS Emory S. Land (AS-39) moored to a buoy at Polaris Point Guam. Alongside the pier is the Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Houston (SSN-713) and USS Frank Cable (AS-40). Emory S. Land is on an extended deployment in Guam to temporarily relieve Frank Cable as the primary afloat maintenance activity in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility.
    US Navy photo # 111214-N-QY759-005 POLARIS POINT, Guam (Dec. 14, 2011) by MC1 David R. Krigbaum.
    Lee Wahler
    Emory S Land 157k Overhead view of USS Emory S. Land (AS-39) med-moored at Alpha Pier and USS Frank Cable (AS-40) with USS Michigan (SSGN-727) alongside at Bravo Pier, Naval Station Guam, January 2012. Bob Gregory
    Emory S Land 760k The Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Louisville (SSN-724) maneuvers alongside USS Emory S. Land (AS-39) during a coordinated tended mooring and theater security cooperation port visit. Louisville is on a deployment to the western Pacific region while Emory S. Land is on an extended deployment to Guam, serving as the U.S. 7th Fleets lead afloat fleet maintenance activity. Emory S. Land is homeported at Diego Garcia.
    US Navy photo # 120403-N-JS205-109 SEPANGAR, Malaysia (April 3, 2011) by MCSA Samuel Souvannason.
    Ron Reeves
    Emory S Land 1217k USS Emory S. Land (AS-39) moored pierside at Pattaya, Thailand for a theater security cooperation port visit. Emory S. Land, homeported at Diego Garcia, is on an extended deployment to Guam, conducting coordinated tended moorings and afloat maintenance in the U.S. 7th fleet area of operations.
    US Navy photo # 120727-N-JS205-089 PATTAYA, Thailand (July 27, 2012) by MCSA Samuel Souvannason.
    Lee Wahler
    Emory S Land 258k USS Emory S. Land (AS-39) moored pierside at Subic Bay, Republic of the Philippines
    US Navy photo # 121017-N-KB563-006 SUBIC BAY, Republic of the Philippines (Oct. 17, 2012) by MC2 Michael Russell.
    Lee Wahler
    Emory S Land 327k USS Emory S. Land (AS-39) transits alongside the Military Sealift Command dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Charles Drew (T-AKE-10) during a fueling-at-sea in support of Operation Damayan. Emory S. Land is part of the US Navy effort to assist the Philippines government in the aftermath of super typhoon Haiyan.
    US Navy photo # 131115-N-ZT599-131 PHILIPPINE SEA (Nov. 15, 2013) by MC3 Brian H. Abel.
    Lee Wahler
    Emory S Land 232k USS Emory S. Land (AS-39) arrives at her homeport, US Navy Support Facility Diego Garcia. Emory S. Land left Diego Garcia in January 2011 and has been forward deployed conducting coordinated tended moorings and afloat maintenance in the US 7th Fleet area of responsibility.
    US Navy photo # 131211-N-XW558-021 DIEGO GARCIA, British Indian Ocean Territory (Dec. 11, 2013) by MC3 Alex Smedegard/.
    Lee Wahler
    Emory S Land 248k The guided-missile submarine USS Georgia (SSGN-729) docks alongside USS Emory S. Land (AS-39) at US Navy Support Facility Diego Garcia.
    US Navy photo # 131213-N-XW558-586 DIEGO GARCIA, British Indian Ocean Territory (Dec. 13, 2013) by MC3 Alex Smedegard/.
    Lee Wahler

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