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THE USS HUNLEY

In Honor of H.L. Hunley
The Hunley in Guam
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1980
USS Hunley 1963
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along side USS Edison
USS Hunley 1967
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along side the USS Sunfish
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USS Hunley (AS-31), 1962-1994

USS Hunley, a 19,000 ton submarine tender built at Newport News, Virginia, was commissioned in June 1962. The first new tender designed to support ballistic missile submarines (SSBNs), she was based at Holy Loch, Scotland, and Charleston, South Carolina, during 1963-67. Over the next twelve years, she was the SSBN tender at Guam and at Charleston, with time out in 1971-72 to be fitted to handle the larger Poseidon missiles. The ship was again stationed at Holy Loch in 1982-87. Hunley's final service was as tender to attack submarines at U.S. East Coast ports. She was decommissioned and stricken from the Naval Vessel Register in September 1994.

USS Hunley was named in honor of the Confederate submarine designer and operator Horace Lawson Hunley (1823-1863).

                           

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