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USS Simon Lake (AS-33)

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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 Unit Commendation
Second Row - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation (7) - Navy Battle "E" Ribbon (7) National Defense Service Medal (2)
Third Row - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal - Armed Forces Service Medal - Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon

Simon Lake Class Submarine Tender:
  • Laid down, 7 January 1963, at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, WA.
  • Launched, 8 February 1964
  • Commissioned USS Simon Lake (AS-33), 7 November 1964, CAPT. James B. Osborn in command
  • Decommissioned, 31 July 1999, at Norfolk, VA.
  • Towed to NISMF Philadelphia for lay up, 28 September 1999, arriving 30 September 1999
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 25 April 2006,
  • Towed from NISMF Philadelphia in 2008 for lay up at at NISMF Portsmouth, VA., slated for disposal
  • Decontamination process started in September 2011, completed 15 February 2015
  • Towed to the James River Reserve Fleet site pending disposal, 3 December 2015
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, removed from the James River Reserve Fleet, 5 February 2019, for scrapping at Brownsville, TX.
    Displacement 12,686 t.(lt) 20,088 t.(fl)
    Length 644'
    Beam 85'
    Draft 30'
    Speed 20 kts.
    Complement 1,420
    Armament four 3"/50 gun mounts
    Propulsion 2 boilers, steam turbine, single shaft

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    Simon Lake 807k

    Simon Lake competed with John Holland to build the first submarines for the U.S. Navy. Born in Pleasantville, New Jersey on September 4, 1866, Lake joined his father's foundry business after attending public schools in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Lake had a strong interest in undersea travel. He built his first submarine, Argonaut, in 1894 in response to an 1893 request from the Navy for a submarine torpedo boat. Neither Argonaut nor Lake's following submarine, the Protector, built in 1901, were accepted by the Navy. Protector was the first submarine to have diving planes mounted forward of the conning tower and a flat keel. Four diving planes allowed Protector to maintain depth without changing ballast levels. Protector also had a lookout chamber for divers to leave the submarine. Lake, lacking Holland's financial backers, was unable to continue building submarines in the United States. He sold the Protector to the Russian Navy in 1904 and spent the next seven years in Europe designing submarines for the Austrian, German, and Russian navies. When he returned to the United States in 1912, he founded the Lake Torpedo Boat Company, which built 24 submarines for the U.S. Navy during and after World War I. Lake's first submarine for the U.S. Navy, G-1 set a submergence record of 256 feet in November 1912. Financial difficulties forced the Lake Torpedo Boat Company to close in the mid-1920s. Following company closure, Lake continued designing maritime salvage systems, and advised the U.S. Navy on submarine technology and maritime salvage during World War II. By his death on June 23, 1945, Lake had witnessed the submarine's arrival as a front-line weapon in the U.S. Navy.
    Text and photo from Submarine Warfare Division
    Bill Gonyo
    Simon Lake 57k USS Simon Lake (AS-33) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photos.
    Robert Hurst
    Simon Lake 146k
    Simon Lake 79k USS Simon Lake (AS-33) with Fleet Ballistic Missile Submarine USS Stonewall Jackson (SSBN-634) alongside, circa 1965, probably at Charleston S.C.
    US Navy photo.
    Robert Hurst
    Simon Lake 172k USS Simon Lake (AS-33) underway in 1967, location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Robert Hurst
    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.
    Simon Lake 124k USS Simon Lake (AS-33) moored, at Rota, Spain, December 1975 with USS Kamehameha (SSBN-642) alongside. ©Richard Leonhardt
    Spartanburg County 76k USS Simon Lake (AS-33), with USS Kamehameha (SSBN-642) alongside, and USS Spartanburg County (LST-1192) at Rota, Spain, December 1975 ©Richard Leonhardt
    AFDB-7 103k USS Simon Lake (AS-33) moored in the Holy Loch, Scotland with USS Los Alamos (AFDB-7). Note, Los Alamos has a ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) in her dock, circa 1980s.
    US Navy photo # NH 98381-KN from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Simon Lake 63k USS Simon Lake (AS-33) moored at Holy Loch, Scotland, circa 1966-70 with supporting yard craft:
    Large Auxiliary Floating Dry Dock Los Alamos (AFDB-7)
    Large Covered Lighter (NSP) YFNB-31
    Large Covered Lighter (NSP) YFNB-42
    Floating Crane (NSP) YD-245
    and not shown:
    District Harbor Tug Large Piqua (YTB-793)
    District Harbor Tug Large Saugus (YTB-780)
    District Harbor Tug Large Natick (YTB-760)
    Carl Musseean
    Simon Lake 78k Looking into the Holy Loch from Large Auxiliary Floating Dry Dock Los Alamos (AFDB-7)
    USS Simon Lake (AS-33)
    Large Covered Lighter (NSP) YFNB-31
    Large Covered Lighter (NSP) YFNB-42
    Floating Crane (NSP) YD-245
    Carl Musselman
    Simon Lake 129k Looking into the Holy Loch from Large Auxiliary Floating Dry Dock Los Alamos (AFDB-7)
    USS Simon Lake (AS-33) with resupply ship USNS Marshfield (T-AK-282) alongside
    Large Covered Lighter (NSP) YFNB-31
    Large Covered Lighter (NSP) YFNB-42
    Floating Crane (NSP) YD-245
    Carl Musselman
    Simon Lake 87k USS Simon Lake (AS-33) moored at the Naval Submarine Base, Kings Bay, GA. while tending four submarines, circa 1979-80. Wendell McLaughlin
    Simon Lake 158k USS Simon Lake (AS-33)'s cranes transferring Trident C-4 missiles to USS Francis Scott Key (SSBN-657) at Naval Submarine Base, Kings Bay, GA., 2 October 1981.
    DVIC photo # DN-SC-82-00002 from the collections of the Defense Visual Information Center.
    Bill Gonyo
    Simon Lake 468k USS Simon Lake (AS-33) moored at Naval Submarine Base, Kings Bay, GA., circa 1981.
    Photo from "All Hands" magazine, December 1981
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Simon Lake 317k USS Simon Lake (AS-33) secured to her mooring buoys in Holy Loch, Scotland, April 1988 Photo by Carl Musselman MM1/SS 1982-1995
    Simon Lake
    285. USS Simon Lake (AS-33) at anchor in the harbor at Palma, Mallorca, circa 1990s. Photo by Jose Antonio Rodriguez Carreņo
    Simon Lake
    200k USS Simon Lake (AS-33) underway, date and location unknown. Nicholas Tiberio
    Simon Lake
    222k USS Simon Lake (AS-33) underway off Norfolk, VA., date unknown.
    ©Nobe Smith
    Nicholas Tiberio
    Simon Lake 28k Ex-USS Simon Lake (AS-33), decommissioned, 31 July 1999, at Norfolk, VA. was towed to the Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility Philadelphia. She was under tow, departing Norfolk, 28 September 1999, arriving, 30 September 1999, at NISMF Philadelphia.
    Photos by Mike Christian
    Ron Reeves
    Simon Lake 23k
    Simon Lake 245k Ex-USS Simon Lake (AS-33) under tow, 3 December 2015, northbound in the Elizabeth River passing Craney Island in Hampton Roads VA. Ex-Simon Lake was towed from the US Navy Inactive Ships Facility, Portsmouth, VA. to the James River Reserve Fleet anchorage at Lee Hall, VA. Photos by Brandon Varner
    Simon Lake 440k
    Simon Lake 279k
    Simon Lake 214k
    Simon Lake 232k Ex-USS Simon Lake (AS-33) at Brownsville, TX. being scrapped. These photos were taken five weeks apart, dates unknown. Photos by Chris Holley
    Simon Lake 244k
    Simon Lake 226k
    Simon Lake 75k USS Simon Lake (AS-33) plaque Tommy Trampp

    USS Simon Lake Memorabilia and Additional Ship's Patches
    Simon Lake
    Souvenir Coin (front)
    Contributed by Tommy Trampp
    Simon Lake
    Souvenir Coin (back)
    Contributed by Tommy Trampp
    Simon Lake
    Contributed by Mike Smolinski
    Simon Lake
    Contributed by Mike Smolinski

    For more photos and information about USS Simon Lake, see;
  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
  • Submarine Tenders of the United States Navy

  • Commanding Officers
    01CAPT. Osborn, James Butler :RADM7 November 1964 - 15 June 1966
    02CAPT. Ellis Jr., George Fitzallan :RADM15 June 1966 - 13 July 1968
    03CAPT. Maxwell, Robert Allen13 July 1968 - 28 April 1970
    04CAPT. Williams III, William Albert :RADM28 April 1970 - 13 November 1971
    05CAPT. Murray Jr., James Daniel :RADM13 November 1971 - 30 January 1974
    06CAPT. Levey, Sanford Norman, USN (USNA 1953)30 January 1974 - 15 February 1975
    07CAPT. Peterson, Richard Alan, USN USNA 1955)15 February 1975 - 7 January 1977
    08CAPT. Amoruso, Alfred Paul, USN (USNA 1954)7 January 1977 - 19 January 1979
    09CAPT. Beard Jr., Percy Morris19 January 1979 - 2 October 1981
    10CAPT. Williams Jr., John Henry2 October 1981 - 8 July 1983
    11CAPT. Egan, Gerald Edward, USN (USNA 1959)8 July 1983 - 17 August 1985
    12CAPT. Lynch, James Richard17 August 1985 - 10 January 1987
    13CAPT. Itkin, Richard Ivan10 January 1987 - 22 February 1989
    14CAPT. Crahan, Gary Michael22 February 1989 - 8 March 1991
    15CAPT. Riffer, William James, USN (USNA 1968)8 March 1991 - 21 July 1993
    16CAPT. Mousette, David King21 July 1993 - 11 August 1995
    17CAPT. Wilson Jr., Eugene Kennon, USN (USNA 1973)11 August 1995 - 12 July 1997
    18CAPT. Duffie, David Angereau, USN (USNA 1975)12 July 1997 - 31 July 1999
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S.Navy Memorial Foundation
    Reunion contact: Gordon Sanders, 3330 Ridgefield Ct., Norfolk 23518-2338 (757) 588-2023
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