Military

USS Frank Cable Arrives in Hawaii

Navy News Service

Story Number: NNS120124-21
1/24/2012

By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Chris Salisbury, USS Frank Cable Public Affairs

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (NNS) -- Submarine tender USS Frank Cable (AS 40) arrived in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, for a port visit, Jan. 23.

Frank Cable is currently in the Pacific Ocean headed to Portland, Ore., for a regular overhaul and dry-docking (ROH).

"I'm kind of excited", said Yeoman 2nd Class Christopher Brown, a Sailor assigned to the USS Frank Cable. "I've never been there, so it's something new to see."

During their two-week voyage from Guam to Hawaii, Sailors worked on qualifications and participated in many fire, flooding, man-overboard and abandoned ship drills.

"This underway has been focused on training and qualifications. The Sailors on board have done exceptionally well in completing much needed qualifications to support our upcoming availability," said Master Chief Machinist's Mate Walter Brillhart, USS Frank Cable acting command master chief. "We have conducted numerous fire drills to increase the proficiency of our crew's casualty response."

Pearl Harbor is the only port visit during Frank Cable's voyage to Portland, Ore.

"We are stopping to off-load equipment for Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard to take and process, or refurbish," said Cmdr. Timothy Sparks, USS Frank Cable executive officer.

Sparks said the opportunities in Hawaii for Sailors are limitless. From surfing and whale watching, to just enjoying the local culture and history, Hawaii has something to do for everyone.

"If someone has not been to Hawaii before, a luau is a great treat," said Sparks. "I would recommend each crew member to choose something to do each day -- go to the North Shore, Waikiki and to the East Shore and explore the island. It is paradise."

Frank Cable is temporarily relieved from conducting maintenance of submarines and surface vessels deployed in the 7th Fleet area of responsibility by sister tender USS Emory S. Land (AS 39).

Following the dry-docking and maintenance, sea trials will be conducted prior to Frank Cable transitioning back to Guam.



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