USS Holland (AS-32) (Non-retention)
The USS Holland is the second ship of the two-ship Hunley-class submarine tenders. It was built by Ingalls Shipbuilding Corporation in Pascagoula, Mississippi, and commissioned on September 7, 1963. The Holland enjoyed a long and varied career servicing Fleet Ballistic Missile Submarines (SSBN) and Fast Attack Submarines (SSN) at all of the major submarine bases in both the Atlantic and the Pacific. The vessel was also forward deployed to the Indian Ocean at Diego Garcia in 1983. Holland was present in Charleston, South Carolina during Hurricane Hugo and assisted in the massive clean-up following that storm, for which the ship and crew received a Humanitarian Service Medal. Holland’s last deployment was to Guam from 1992 to 1996. The Holland was relieved by the USS Frank Cable (AS-40), and transited to the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton, Washington where it was decommissioned. The vessel was later transferred to the Maritime Administration’s Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet, where it awaits final disposal. USS Holland is named for John Philip Holland, the man who developed the first true submarine accepted by U.S. Navy.