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AS-36 L.Y. Spear

Submarine tenders are the largest of the active auxiliaries. Their crews are made up mostly of technicians and repair personnel. The L.Y. Spear-class is designed and fitted to accommodate attack submarines and can service up to four submarines moored alongside simultaneously.

Mr. Lawrence York Spear, one of the founders of modern submarines, was President of Electric Boat Company between 1942 and 1947. As President of Electric Boat, Spear ran the company during World War II, when the company was a leading producer of submarines. From 1947 to 1950 he served as chairman of the board of Electric Boat. L.Y. Spear died at Groton, Connecticut on September 9, 1950

USS L.Y. Spear (AS 36) was decommissioned at Naval Base Norfolk on 06 September 1996. The tender served as the flagship of Submarine Squadron 6. Commissioned in Norfolk on Feb. 28, 1970, the ship was one of the first ships to receive women as a permanent part of the 1,700 member crew in November 1978. By March 1979, 102 women crew members were assigned. Although Spear's primary mission was to remain in Norfolk and service submarines, it was the first submarine tender to deploy to the Indian Ocean in support of Operation Desert Storm.

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