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Patch, left, contributed by Mike Smolinski, decal, right, contributed by Scott Koen

USS McKee (AS-41)

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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) - Navy Battle "E" Ribbon (3) - National Defense Service Medal
Bottom Row - Southwest Asia Service Medal (2) - Sea Service Deployment Ribbon - Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)

Emory S. Land Class Submarine Tender:
  • Laid down, 14 January 1978, at Lockheed Shipbuilding Corp., Seattle, WA.
  • Launched, 16 February 1980
  • Commissioned USS McKee (AS-41), 15 August 1981, CAPT. D. S. Gorham, in command
  • Decommissioned, 1 October 1999
  • Laid up at NISMF, Portsmouth, VA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 25 April 2006
    Displacement 13,911 t.(lt), 22,978 t.(fl)
    Length 649'
    Beam 85'
    Draft 29' (max)
    Speed 21 kts.
    Complement 1,500
    two 40mm AA gun mounts
    four 20mm AA gun mounts
    two boilers
    one steam turbine
    single propeller, 20,000shp

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    Andrew I. McKee (February 17, 1896 January 24, 1976) pioneered modern submarine design and development. A native of Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, Andrew McKee graduated from the United States Naval Academy and was commissioned an Ensign in 1917. He served with USS HUNTINGTON until he reported to the Naval Academy as a navigation and physics instructor. In 1921 he received a Master's Degree in Naval Architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Following several design and construction posts, he became Officer in Charge of submarine design for the Navy Department from 1926 to 1930, where he directed the design of the first new classes from which evolved the successful fleet submarines of WWII. McKee worked in submarine planning, design and construction as the Design Superintendent of the Portsmouth Navy Yard from 1938 to 1945 and was awarded a Legion of Merit for his service there. In 1945, he joined the staff of Commander Service Force, Pacific Fleet, as senior Assistant Fleet Maintenance Officer. He was awarded a Bronze Star Medal and also a Gold Star in lien of a second Legion of Merit for directing emergency combat repairs of ships during the assault on Okinawa. Following his retirement, Admiral McKee spent many years as a research and design engineer for the Electric Boat Division of the General Dynamics corporation in Connecticut. He died in 1976 at the age of 80. (Tendertale)
    Tommy Trampp
    342k McKee (AS-41) launching ceremony, 16 February 1980 at Lockheed Shipbuilding Corp., Seattle, WA. The tradition bottle of Champagne was broken across McKee's bow by the ship's sponsor Mrs. Ingebord von Finckh McKee, widow of the ship's namesake RADM Andrew I. McKee, USN (Ret). An interesting note about the launching. The Duwamish River into which McKee was launched is narrow and arresting gear is required to slow the speed of launch. In McKee's case, the arresting gear failed to do that, resulting in the ship being temporarily grounded on the river's west bank. Tugs were able to free the ship before the tide went out. Dale Hargrave
    McKee 175k USS McKee (AS-41) underway, date and location unknown. Scott Koen
    McKee 187k USS McKee (AS-41) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Scott Koen
    207k USS McKee (AS-41) underway, date and location unknown. Nicholas Tiberio
    McKee 61k USS McKee (AS-41) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    172k USS McKee (AS-41) underway off Point Loma, San Diego, CA., in 1984. Nicholas Tiberio
    McKee 126k Washtucna (YTB-826) maneuvering USS Tunny (SSN-682) alongside USS McKee (AS-41) at Naval Station Adak, AK., June 1987. Courtesy Tom Jordan
    USS Tunny (SSN-682) web site
    McKee 152k
    McKee 125k
    McKee 197k USS McKee (AS-41) at Seward, Alaska dressed with flags in honor of U.S. Independence Day, 4 July 1987. The Ohio class nuclear-powered ballistic-missile submarine USS Alaska (SSBN-732) is alongside.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo "NH 107772-KN
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    McKee 74k USS McKee (AS-41) moored at the San Diego Submarine Base, Point Loma, circa 1987-1988.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, June 1988.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    McKee 276k Overhead view of USS McKee (AS-41) underway at Vancouver, B.C., 9 April 1989.
    Photo courtesy Rick Garcia.
    Chris Howell
    McKee 75k USS McKee (AS-41) moored at Naval Base Point Loma, San Diego,CA., circa 1991 Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    106k Decommissioned USS McKee (AS-41) moored at the Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility (NISMF), Portsmouth, VA., 14 November 2015.
    Photo by Will Van Dorp, courtesy Tugster:a waterblog.
    Tommy Trampp

    There is no DANFS history available for McKee (AS-41) at NavSource

    For more photos and information about USS McKee, see;
  • Submarine Tenders of the United States Navy
  • Launching Program contributed by S. Dale Hargrave

  • Commanding Officers
    01CAPT. Gorham, David Shive, USN15 August 1981 - 9 July 1983
    02CAPT. Robertson, John Stephen, USN (USNA 1959)9 July 1983 - 27 July 1985
    03CAPT. Johannes, Richard Nelson27 July 1985 - 15 August 1987
    04CAPT. Walther, Arthur Ernest, USN (USNA 1963)15 August 1987 - 5 August 1989
    05CAPT. Schlichter, Ralph, USN (USNA 1964)5 August 1989 - 7 August 1991
    06CAPT. Harding, Wynn Allen, USN (USNA 1968)7 August 1991 - 16 July 1993
    07CAPT. Etter, Thomas Harold, USN (USNA 1969)16 July 1993 - 11 August 1995
    08CAPT. Traverso, Timothy Joseph, USN (USNA 1972)11 August 1995 - 25 July 1997
    09CAPT. Donnelly, John Jay. USN (USNA 1975) :VADM25 July 1997 - 13 July 1998
    10CAPT. Jablonski, Edward Ronald, USN (USNA 1975)13 July 1998 - 30 September 1999
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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