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Frank Cable Visits Hong Kong

Navy News Service

Story Number: NNS110514-01
5/14/2011

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (AW) Jeremy Starr, USS Frank Cable (AS 40) Public Affairs

HONG KONG (NNS) -- Submarine tender USS Frank Cable (AS 40) anchored off the coast of Hong Kong to provide tended support to USS Hampton (SSN 767) during a port visit May 14.

Frank Cable's mission is to conduct maintenance and support of submarines and surface vessels deployed in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility.

This visit to Hong Kong is one of many port visits that the submarine tender has recently made along with deployed submarines in the western Pacific region.

"Hong Kong is an exciting port, and I look forward to showing our host nation Frank Cable's capabilities and providing our Sailors the opportunity to participate in community relations projects," said Capt. Tom Stanley, Frank Cable's commanding officer.

Cable will host a distinguished visitors luncheon and conduct ship tours. Frank Cable Sailors will also participate in community service projects that include facilitating morning exercises with children at the Fanling Nursery School orphanage and painting the Y.C. Cheng Centre, a day care and residential center for the intellectually and physically disabled.

"I am very proud of the entire crew, who have worked very hard to improve the material condition of the ship, making it ready and able to execute all tasking," said Stanley.

For many Sailors aboard Cable, this is the first time they have visited Hong Kong.

"Listening to the stories my grandfather told me when he visited Hong Kong in the Navy during the Vietnam War, makes me excited I am going to experience Hong Kong and take tours to China for the first time," said Machinery Repairman Fireman Recruit Barclay Reynolds.

During their time in port, Sailors will visit the local sites of Hong Kong and experience its culture. In addition, the crew has the opportunity to take a trip to Lantau, the largest outlying island of Hong Kong; will travel to mainland China; and will visit Macau, Shekou and Guangzhou, China.

At sea, the ship conducted surface warfare, damage control, ship handling training and qualifications.



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