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USS Holland (AS-32)

Please see below for item level images and donated collections containing photographs of USS Holland (AS-32)

USS Holland (AS-32) was launched by Ingalls Shipbuilding Corp., Pascagoula, Miss., 19 January 1963; sponsored by Mrs. John C. Stenuis, wife of U.S. Senator from the State of Mississippi; delivered to the Charleston Naval Shipyard, Charleston, S.C.; and commissioned 7 September 1963, Captain Charles W. Styer, Jr., in command.

USS Holland (AS-32) departed Charleston on 14 October for shakedown training at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, returning to Charleston on 19 November. She commenced post-shakedown availability on 25 November.

While USS Holland (AS-32) is neither a submersible nor a combatant ship, she will be a vital link in support of our Nation's first line of deterrance, the Navy's Polaris Weapons System. USS Holland (AS-32) is capable of making any submarine repair other than major overhaul, including servicing and maintaining the nuclear power plants of Polaris-firing submarines.

The opening of 1964 found USS Holland (AS-32) at Charleston, S.C., making preparations for deployment to the Polaris replenishment anchorage at Rota, Spain. She arrived Rota 1 April and relieved USS Proteus (AS-19) as the FBM submarine tender shortly thereafter. USS Holland (AS-32) continued her vital service to the Polaris submarines until relieved 4 November 1966. USS Holland (AS-32) arrived Charleston 22 November. There she tended submarines of the Atlantic Fleet into 1967.

For a complete history of USS Holland (AS-32) please see its DANFS page.