US Navy Bases Second Submarine Support Ship on Guam

The submarine tender USS Frank Cable (AS 40) departs Guam for maintenance in Portland, Oregon. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Claire Farin)

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii -- The U.S. Navy says it will base another submarine support vessel on Guam.

The U.S. Pacific Fleet Submarine Force said in a statement Wednesday the USS Emory S. Land submarine tender will move to the U.S. Pacific Island territory from Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean.

Submarine tenders provide food, water, ordnance and other supplies to submarines. They also provide maintenance support.

The Land will support four fast-attack submarines homeported on Guam as well as other submarines that deploy there.

The Land will be the second submarine tender on Guam. The USS Franke Cable is already homeported there.

Guam is 1,500 miles south of Tokyo and 3,700 southwest of Hawaii.

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