USS Frank Cable Arrives in Diego Garcia

The Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Houston (SSN 713) moors alongside the submarine tender USS Frank Cable (AS 40) in Sepanga, Malaysia, 2011. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Catherine Bland)
The Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Houston (SSN 713) moors alongside the submarine tender USS Frank Cable (AS 40) in Sepanga, Malaysia, 2011. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Catherine Bland)

DIEGO GARCIA (NNS) — Submarine tender USS Frank Cable (AS 40) arrived at U.S. Navy Support Facility Diego Garcia for a port visit, July 8.

The Frank Cable team, consisting of more than 500 Sailors and civilian mariners is currently on deployment to provide vital flexibility to the fleet commanders, extending the range and impact of U.S. naval forces.

While in Diego Garcia, Frank Cable's Repair Department will provide support services to guided-missile submarine USS Georgia (SSGN 729).

"This is what a submarine tender is supposed to do," said Capt. Drew St. John, Frank Cable's commanding officer. "We were in the Philippines only two weeks ago and as we arrive in Diego Garcia we are looking forward to showing off our repair capability supporting USS Georgia.

Frank Cable is one of two forward-deployed submarine tenders and is on a scheduled deployment in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations to conduct maintenance and support deployed U.S. naval force submarines and surface vessels in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.

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