USS Emory S. Land returns home to Guam after maintenance, upgrades

20 May 2021

From MC3 Zachary Grooman, USS Emory S. Land

The submarine tender completed an an eight-month regular overhaul and dry-dock period in California.
Sailors assigned to the submarine tender USS Emory S. Land (AS 39) man the rails while transiting Apra Harbor.
Sailors man the rails as USS Emory S. Land (AS 39) transited Apra Harbor, May 20. (U.S. Navy/MC1 Jason Behnke)
Sailors assigned to the submarine tender USS Emory S. Land (AS 39) man the rails while transiting Apra Harbor.
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Sailors man the rails as USS Emory S. Land (AS 39) transited Apra Harbor, May 20. (U.S. Navy/MC1 Jason Behnke)
Photo By: MC1 Jason J Behnke
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SANTA RITA, Guam - USS Emory S. Land (AS 39) arrived home to U.S. Naval Base Guam, May 20.

Land returned to Guam after completing an eight-month regular overhaul and dry-dock period at Mare Island Dry Dock in Vallejo, California. Throughout the maintenance period, numerous projects were completed aboard the ship to include an upgrade to its communication system to improve network capabilities and a fixed ballast install of 485 long tons of lead to improve buoyancy and stability of the ship.

“This maintenance period was a huge success,” said Capt. Michael Luckett, Land’s commanding officer. “With the completion of this yard period, I feel confident in our ability to return to the fleet stronger than we were before and ready to carry out our mission in the years ahead.”

After departing Vallejo in early April, Land transited to Naval Base Point Loma in San Diego for the completion of various inspections and a visit from Commander, Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet.

In addition, Land’s health services department administered the second dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to their Sailors and civilian mariners.

After a total of 10 months away from Land’s homeport, many Sailors are excited to be reunited with their families in Guam.

“I have always said one of the toughest jobs in the Navy is that of a Navy spouse,” said Chief Yeoman Matthew Herndon. “The current condition of the world has made things more stressful, which makes being away from family even harder. The support of my wife and son throughout my time away has been key in keeping my sanity, stability and reason. At the end of the day, I look forward to returning home and being in the arms of my family and celebrating all the holidays missed.”

NAVAL BASE GUAM (May 20, 2021) The submarine tender USS Emory S. Land (AS 39) transits Apra Harbor, May 20. Land returned home to Guam following an eight-month scheduled maintenance period at Mare Island Dry Dock in Vallejo, California. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Victoria Kinney)
210520-N-XP344-0040 USS Emory S. Land (AS 39) transits Apra Harbor. (U.S. Navy/MC1 Victoria Kinney)
SLIDESHOW | 4 images | 210520-N-XP344-0040 USS Emory S. Land (AS 39) transits Apra Harbor. (U.S. Navy/MC1 Victoria Kinney)
Sailors assigned to the submarine tender USS Emory S. Land (AS 39) man the rails while transiting Apra Harbor.
210520-N-ZU404-1154 Sailors aboard USS Emory S. Land (AS 39) man the rails. (U.S. Navy/MC1 Jordyn Diomede)
SLIDESHOW | 4 images | 210520-N-ZU404-1154 Sailors aboard USS Emory S. Land (AS 39) man the rails. (U.S. Navy/MC1 Jordyn Diomede)
Sailors assigned to the submarine tender USS Emory S. Land (AS 39) wave to Sailors aboard the ship as it moors to the pier onboard U.S. Naval Base Guam.
210520-N-XP344-0194 USS Emory S. Land (AS 39) crew members ashore wave to their shipmates as the submarine tender returned to Guam. (U.S. Navy/MC1 Victoria Kinney)
SLIDESHOW | 4 images | 210520-N-XP344-0194 USS Emory S. Land (AS 39) crew members ashore wave to their shipmates as the submarine tender returned to Guam. (U.S. Navy/MC1 Victoria Kinney)
USS Emory S. Land (AS 39) returns to Naval Base Guam following a maintenance period at Mare Island Dry Dock.
210520-N-XP344-0280 Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jordyn Diomede embaraces her daughter after the ship's return. (U.S. Navy/MC1 Victoria Kinney)
SLIDESHOW | 4 images | 210520-N-XP344-0280 Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jordyn Diomede embaraces her daughter after the ship's return. (U.S. Navy/MC1 Victoria Kinney)

Land is scheduled to assume duties as the lead maintenance activity (LMA) this summer. As LMA, it will continue its mission of servicing submarines and surface ships throughout the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations.

“I have no doubt about our ability to switch gears and take on our role as LMA to further contribute to the overall mission of the Navy,” said Luckett. “No challenge is too big for my exceptional crew, who do not waver in the face of adversity. The challenges we have faced and overcome together over the course of the last year are a true testament to the resiliency of Land Sailors and civilian mariners – a resiliency that will be the driving force aboard the ship for many years to come.”

Land is homeported in Guam and is one of two Navy submarine tenders that 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 readily capable of meeting global operational requirements.

For more information about USS Emory S. Land (AS 39), visit the ship's website or Facebook page.

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