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USS McKee (AS 41).
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Class: EMORY S LAND (AS 39)
Design: SAIC Project Nos. 737.72, 737.73, and 746.77
Displacement (tons): 13,911 light, 22,978 full (AS 39)
Dimensions (feet): 644' oa, 620' wl x 85' e/wl x 29' max nav
Armament: 4-20mmS
Accommodations: 83 officers, 1,270 enlisted (AS 39)
Speed (kts.): 20 (18 sustained)
Propulsion (HP): 20,000
Machinery: Steam turbines, 2 boilers (650psi), 1 screw

Construction:
ASNameOrdBuilderKeelLaunchComm
39EMORY S LAND20 Nov 1974Lockheed SB2 Mar 19764 May 19777 Jul 1979
40FRANK CABLE20 Nov 1974Lockheed SB2 Mar 197614 Jan 197829 Oct 1979
41MCKEE29 Apr 1977Lockheed SB14 Jan 197816 Feb 198015 Aug 1981

Disposition:
ASNameTDecommStrikeDisposalFateMA Sale/Depart
39EMORY S LANDIn Comm. 2021--------
40FRANK CABLEIn Comm. 2021--------
41MCKEE1 Oct 199925 Apr 2006------

Class Notes:
Three more tenders for SSNs were built during the 1970s. Although basically of the AS 36 type they were fitted to support Los Angeles class submarines and were given different project numbers. Approved characteristics for Submarine Tender (AS), SAIC Project No. 737.72, were promulgated on 3 December 1971 with four changes to 1976 followed by a modified version on 17 Dec 1979. AS 40 was sometimes called SAIC Project 737.73. Approved characteristics for an unidentified Submarine Tender (AS), probably SAIP Project No. 746.77 (AS 41, length oa 649', max nav draft 28', rest as above), were promulgated on 11 August 1976. The official rendering of the name of AS 41, commemorating Rear Admiral Andrew Irwin McKee, is MCKEE.

AS 39 and AS 40 were the only tenders (AD or AS) to remain in commission after the Navy during the 1990s abandoned the use of forward deployable tenders to support operating forces. AS 39 was stationed at La Maddalena, Sardinia, Italy, from May 1999 to September 2007. AS 40 began decommissioning in 1996, but then was reactivated and refitted to replace AS 32 as Commander Seventh Fleet's mobile repair and support platform at Guam. MSC assumed operation of AS 39 on 1 February 2008 and of AS 40 on 1 February 2010 and both were converted to mixed MSC and USN manning (AS 39 during an overhaul at NSY Puget Sound from 2007 to 2010) but remained in full commission. AS 39 moved to Diego Garcia in 2010 and joined AS 40 at Guam in 2015. AS 41 was decommissioned in 1999 and struck in 2006, but she was retained in reserve, probably as a source of spare parts for the other two.

Ship Notes:
ASNameMANotes
39EMORY S LANDFY 1972. In commission in service 23 Mar 1979 before full commissioning.
40FRANK CABLEFY 1973. In commission in service 20 Oct 1979 before full commissioning.
41MCKEEFY 1977. SAIP Project 746.77. Retained in layup at NISMF Portsmouth, VA 2017.

Page Notes:
Compiled: 26 Aug 2021
© Stephen S. Roberts, 2021