USS HUNLEY (AS-31)
The USS Hunley (AS-31) was launched 28 September 1961 by the Newport
News Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co., Newport News, Va.; and commissioned 16 June
After a shakedown cruise and post shakedown yard availability, Hunley departed Norfolk on 29 December 1962 for Holy Loch, Scotland, arriving 9 January 1963. Almost immediately she began taking the load off Proteus. The first boat was the USS Thomas A. Edison (SSBN-610) returning from her first patrol.
Proteus was officially relieved 15 March 1963 as tender to Submarine
Squadron 14 at Holy Loch, Scotland. This duty continued until 12 April 1964 when Hunley sailed for conversion that provided capability of handling the new A3
Polaris Missile. She resumed her duties at Holy Loch 15 June 1964.
From 1966 to 1981 Hunley served three tours at Site III in Guam, and three tours at Site IV in Charleston, as well as, completing a number of shipyard overhauls. Among the many modifications was the installation of new missile cranes, and a Poseidon missile conversion.
In January 1982 Hunley returned to the Holy Loch for the 2nd time, and relieved the USS Holland (AS-32). In June 1987 the Hunley was relieved at Site I by the USS Simon Lake (AS 33), and she got underway for Norfolk.
Hunley's final service was as tender to fast attack submarines
at U.S. East Coast ports from 1 August 1992 through 30 September 1994. In
November 1993 Hunley made a port visit to Cape Canaveral, and in March of 1994
Hunley made her last liberty port of call in Key West, Florida. Upon completion
of these last visits she returned to her tending duties at Norfolk and was decommissioned on 15 September 1994.
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