USS Emory S. Land Arrives in Fremantle, Australia

FREMANTLE, Australia (NNS) – The submarine tender USS Emory S. Land (AS 39) arrived in Fremantle, Australia, Sept. 11 as part of the ship’s fall deployment to foster positive relations with regional partners.
This is Land’s second port visit during its Indo-Pacific winter patrol. The ship departed its homeport at Apra Harbor, Guam, Aug. 19.
The combined Navy and civilian mariner crew will spend the next several days conducting bilateral training with the Australian Submarine Force, as well as seeing the sights of southwestern Australia, enjoying the culture, and interacting with the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) in the spirit of friendship and camaraderie.
“The crew is very excited about this visit to Fremantle,” said Land’s commanding officer, Capt. Michael D. Luckett. “We just finished a week-long visit to Darwin, which was a remarkable port visit. Now, we are ready to train and share ideas with our allies. Port visits and joint training like this ensure both the U.S. Navy and Royal Australian Navy maintain a high level of interoperability between our forces.”
During the port visit, the crew will have the opportunity to not only work in conjunction with the RAN submarine force, but also participate in several community outreach projects including a Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) soccer tournament between Emory S. Land Sailors and RAN teams.
“MWR outreach events are a great way for Sailors and civilian mariners to branch out and interact with the community outside of work,” said MWR President, Gunner’s Mate 2nd Class Heather O’Neill. “Playing sports together is one of many ways we build relationships with the community and strengthen our partnership with the host nation.”
This visit to Fremantle is an exciting one for the crew because it’s an opportunity for a peacetime exchange of information and training between two close allies.
“Our visit serves as an example of the strong and long-lasting partnership that exists between the U.S. and Australia, and emphasizes our shared dedication to supporting regional stability,” said Luckett. “Australia is one of our closest allies in the Indo-Pacific. Our partnership is a key element of peace and stability in the region.”
The U.S. routinely demonstrates its commitment to allies and partners through forward presence and operations. Land’s deployment to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations reflects the United States’ commitment to support theater security cooperation efforts in the Indo-Pacific region.
Guam is home to the U.S. Navy’s only submarine tenders, USS Emory S. Land (AS 39) and USS Frank Cable (AS 40), as well as four Los Angeles-class attack submarines. The submarine tenders provide maintenance, hotel services and logistical support to submarines and surface ships in the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet areas of operation. The submarines and tenders are maintained as part of the U.S. Navy’s forward-deployed submarine force and are capable of meeting global operational requirements.
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Date Taken: 09.11.2019
Date Posted: 09.11.2019 22:58
Story ID: 339959
Location: FREMANTLE, WA, AU 

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  1. Welcome to Fremantle. The Port is no stranger to USN Submarine Tenders. In the period 1942 to 1945 Fremantle was the second largest submarine base in the World. Some 167 Allied submarines operated out of Fremantle, from where they conducted one of the most effective submarine operations in history.
    US submarines operating from Fremantle accounted for over half of the Japanese tanker tonnage and 42% of Japanese warships sunk by all US submarines.
    The existence of the Allied submarine operation from Fremantle for Australia’s defence and the prosecution of the war in the Pacific is not widely known, and yet its effect was to strangle Japanese maritime communications so that Japan could not re-supply its deployed forces and could not feed its own population. It was probably the most effective submarine war ever conducted.
    One of the few remaining physical items from that period is the slipway precinct, upon which the ex-Royal Australian Navy Oberon Class Submarine Ovens now sits as a museum, and some buildings.
    This precinct is an important feature of Australia’s national estate and has great cultural relevance to the Governments, Navies and Submarine Forces of the United States, Britain and The Netherlands and to the people of Perth and Fremantle.
    Following the Allied retreat from the Philippines, Singapore/Malaya and the Dutch East Indies, a fully equipped USN Fremantle Submarine Repair Unit of 1032 men and 32 officers was operating in support of half of the submarines operating in the South West Pacific by the Australian spring of 1942.
    The Report to Congress on the United States Naval Administration in World War II (Submarine Commands, South West Pacific) records that;
    “the Perth-Fremantle area was generally conceded the finest basing area any US submarines operated from in the Pacific during the war”
    “the gracious hospitality and genuine appreciation shown submariners by the populace of Perth made rest periods in this area easily the most enjoyable experienced by submariners at any Pacific base”
    Initially, there was no working docking facility to properly service submarines between patrols. Progress in completing a part-built civilian slipway had come to a halt due to a lack of divers for underwater construction and electric motors for the winch.
    Lieutenant Commander W T Jones USN, Force Constructor, managed the completion of the slipway by using divers in the Submarine Tenders USS Holland and USS Otus and, the electric motors from a badly damaged Royal Netherlands Navy submarine. Work was completed in September 1942 and from then to November 1944 over 90 Allied submarines were docked and maintained on the slipway.

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