Story by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Andrew Lavin, USS Emory S. Land Public Affairs
Naval Base Guam—Submarine tender USS Emory S. Land (AS 39) arrived in Guam June 10, 2013 for a maintenance availability period as a part of their extended deployment.
The arrival is Land’s first time returning to Guam since it left in Oct. 2012.
“The work the crew has done so far on this deployment both on and off duty has been great,” said Capt. Glenn Pendrick, commanding officer USS Emory S. Land. “Having this time in Guam will be good for the morale of the ship as a whole.”
During its maintenance period, Land will undergo multiple repairs and upgrades. Some of the major work to be done to the ship includes repairing and recertifying the ship’s 30 ton centerline crane, upgrading the ship’s wireless communication system, overhauling seven of the ships saltwater cooling pumps for the air conditioning and turbo generator systems and upgrades to the emergency diesel generator.
“Maintenance periods like this one are vital in getting the ship and crew the tools they need to stay mission ready,” said Pendrick.
For some of the Sailors assigned to Land, Guam is just another port visit, but for Sailors assigned to Land in an expeditionary capacity from USS Frank Cable (AS-40) Guam is where they call home.
“It’s awesome to be back in Guam,” said Hull Maintenance Technician 2nd Class Gerrett Sullivan. “We got to see some amazing places, but there really is no place like Guam.”
USS Emory S. Land, homeported in Diego Garcia, is on an extended deployment conducting coordinated tending moorings and afloat maintenance in the U.S. 7th fleet area of operations.
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