POINT, Guam -- Captain Thomas Stanley relieved Captain Pat
Scanlon as Commanding Officer of USS Frank Cable (AS 40) during a
change of command ceremony held onboard the ship August 25th.
The ceremony’s guest speaker, Rear Admiral Mike Connor, Commander,
Submarine Group 7, leveled praises on Scanlon for his outstanding
leadership, as well as the crew of Frank Cable.
an honor to be here to celebrate the outstanding performance of
Captain Scanlon and the crew of the USS Frank Cable,” said Connor.
“Without the support of the Cable, it would not be possible for subs
in the 7th Fleet to maintain a significant operational pace and the
on-station time required by those activities.”
Rear Admiral Conner then presented Captain Scanlon with the Legion
Under Scanlon’s command, Frank Cable completed numerous operations
in support of national and theater objectives and earned the Battle
Efficiency “E” for 2007 and 2008, as well as the 2009 Secretary of
Defense Field-Level Maintenance Award, Medium Category.
Captain Scanlon will report to Naval Mine and Anti-Submarine Warfare
in San Diego, California, as the Chief of Staff.
“What a great experience and honor it has been, being in command of
the Frank Cable and the awesome crew that brings this ship to life,”
Scanlon said. “The award I received today represents the
achievements of the Sailors I have served with on Frank Cable. I
will wear it with pride.”
After the reading of orders, Capt. Scanlon stepped down as
Commanding Officer, making way for Capt. Stanley.
Stanley was born in Chicago Heights, Illinois and raised in Tucson,
Arizona. He graduated from the University of Arizona in 1985 with a
Bachelor of Science degree in Nuclear Engineering and was
commissioned at Naval Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode
Captain Stanley served as Commanding Officer of USS Los Angeles (SSN
688) in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii from 2003 to 2006. Following this tour,
Stanley graduated from the Naval War College in June 2007 and served
as Interagency Coordination Division Chief at the U.S. Strategic
Command Center for Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction at Fort
Belvoir, Virginia until May 2009.
After giving thanks and praise to all present for the ceremony,
Cable’s new Commanding Officer then had a message for his crew.
“The commitment, dedication and sacrifice of the Officers, Chiefs,
and Sailors of tenders lead directly to the exceptional readiness of
front line U.S. Navy ships and their crews,” Stanley said. “I am
proud to now be a member of this exceptional crew and honored to
call you outstanding men and women my shipmates.”
Frank Cable was commissioned in February 1980 as the second Emory S.
Land-class submarine tender. The ship was homeported in Charleston,
South Carolina until 1996 when it began decommissioning. Soon
afterwards, Cable was re-activated and refitted to replace USS
Holland (AS 32) in Guam, where it remains to this day.
As Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet’s only operational submarine
tender, Frank Cable readily deploys to ports throughout the Western
Pacific to provide services to both submarines and surface ships in
the Seventh Fleet area of responsibility.