|Ship Class||Holland-class Submarine Tender|
|Builder||Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, Washington, United States|
|Launched||12 Apr 1926|
|Commissioned||1 Jun 1926|
|Decommissioned||21 Mar 1947|
|Displacement||8100 tons standard; 11570 tons full|
|Power Output||7000 SHP|
|Armament||8x5in DP guns, 4x3in DP guns|
Contributor: C. Peter Chen
Submarine tender Holland arrived at San Francisco, California, United States on 24 Apr 1926 to become the flagship of Captain J. T. Thompkins, Commander of Submarine Divisions, Battle Fleet, US Navy. On 24 Sep, she was assigned to San Diego, California to tend for submarines based there, with periodic trips to the Panama Canal Zone for similar duties. On 5 Nov 1930, she became flagship of Captain Chester W. Nimitz, Commander Submarine Divisions, Battle Fleet with additional duty as Commander of Submarine Division 20. On 1 Apr 1931, the title of Commander Submarine Divisions was abolished, but Nimitz retained his flag aboard Holland as the Commander of Submarine Division 20, which was later renamed Division 12. On 17 Jun 1931, Captain W. L. Friedell took over command of the division as Nimitz was promoted; Holland continued to be the flagship. Between Mar and Jul 1933, Holland temporarily served as Submarine Force Flagship. In Jun 1935, she became joint flagship of Submarine Squadron 6 and Submarine Division 12. In Jun 1941, she became flagship of Submarine Squadron 2.
On 22 Nov 1941, Holland arrived at Cavite Naval Base in the Philippine Islands to service submarines of the Asiatic Fleet, where she remained as the Japanese attacked Luzon in Dec 1941. She was hurried out of Manila Bay during one of the nights in early Dec for Balikpapan, Borneo. She remained undamaged through two Japanese raids at Balikpapan. She then made her way to Soerabaja, Java, where she repaired a damaged submarine. On 2 Jan 1942, she reached Darwin, Australia, under the escort of two destroyers, where she assisted in the repair of Allied ships and submarines. On 3 Feb, she left Darwin for Tjilajap, Java to remove Rear Admiral Charles Lockwood, Jr. and his Asiatic Fleet Submarine Force staff to Australia. She remained in Darwin and repaired several submarines before being ordered back to Mare Island Navy Yard for overhaul in late Feb 1943.
Holland emerged from Mare Island Navy Yard in Jun 1943 and immediately steamed for Pearl Harbor. Within the next 11 months, she repaired 13 submarines. Between Jul and Nov 1944, she tended submarines in the Mariana Islands. In Jan 1945, after refitting at Pearl Harbor, she sailed for Guam to become Vice Admiral Lockwood's headquarters ship. She remained in that role until the end of the war.
During the Pacific War, Holland provided 55 refits to submarines, provided repair and service to 20 surface ships, and completed various jobs on shore installations.
After Japan's surrender, Lockwood shifted his flag ashore to Coconut Island, Apra Harbor, on 30 Aug 1945, relieving Holland of the duty. Holland was re-classified from submarine tender AS-3 to repair ship ARG-18. She sailed for Buckner Bay, Okinawa to pick up Rear Admiral Allen B. Smith, Commander of Service Squadron 10 and his staff before proceeding to Tokyo Bay, where she dropped anchor on 29 Sep 1945. On 28 Jun 1946, she arrived in San Diego, then headed for the Terminal Island Navy Yard at San Pedro for inactivation overhaul. She was decommissioned in San Diego in 1947. She was sold for scrap on 3 Oct 1953 to the Bethlehem Steel Company.
Source: United States Navy Naval Historical Center.
USS Holland Operational Timeline
|1 Jun 1926||Holland was commissioned into service.|
|21 Mar 1947||Holland was decommissioned from service.|
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