Holland file photo

USS Holland

CountryUnited States
Ship ClassHolland-class Submarine Tender
BuilderPuget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, Washington, United States
Launched12 Apr 1926
Commissioned1 Jun 1926
Decommissioned21 Mar 1947
Displacement8100 tons standard; 11570 tons full
Length513 feet
Beam61 feet
Draft23 feet
MachinerySteam turbines
Power Output7000 SHP
Speed16 knots
Crew388
Armament8x5in 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.

Photographs

USS Holland tending S-25, S-28, S-24, S-27, S-26, S-48 or S-46, V-3, V-2, S-45, S-43, S-44, and S-42, San Diego, California, United States, circa 1930Holland with submarines Cachalot, Dolphin, Barracuda, Bass, Bonita, Nautilus, and Narwhal, 24 Dec 1934Holland tending Nautilus, Narwhal, Shark, Dolphin, Porpoise, Pike, and Tarpon, circa 1936-1939, photo 1 of 4Holland tending Nautilus, Narwhal, Shark, Dolphin, Porpoise, Pike, and Tarpon, circa 1936-1939, photo 2 of 4
See all 8 photographs of Submarine Tender USS Holland



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  1. steph says:
    7 Dec 2010 03:21:52 PM

    I am so glad this is on the web. My grandfather James Warner served on the Holland. My father has shared stories with me that he was told by my grandfather especially about repairs to the US subs at night in japanese controlled waters. Then by day ported undercover at various islands with at times, the japanese on the other side, very exciting!!!
    How brave these men were and we all owe them our upmost respect and deepest gratitude.
    I never had the honor of meeting my grandfather but sites like this somehow draw me closer to him and what he truly loved. Thank You!
    December 7, 2010.
  2. George TEDDS ex Raf says:
    27 Apr 2011 05:48:31 PM

    The USS Holland disembarked 36 of us in Freemantel West Australia early 1943 after being evacuated from Tjilatjap Java by two 'tin can' destroyers the USS Pope and USS Ford, who passed us around several ships including the USS Stingray, USS Starfish, USS Black Hawk,USS Holland etc.
    I have checked the history of the 'Holland'and there is no mention of it going to Freemantel, as I am now 89 years old ,I wonder if anyone else has any information about this ?. Geo
  3. Robert E.Lee says:
    28 Apr 2011 09:14:31 AM

    I was a radioman aboard the U.S.S. Holland when it arrived at Fremantle March 3,1942. Do remember we had survivers aboard, have no idea as to their disposition. I am 90 and would like to hear from you or any other person who served in the area. Bob
  4. George Tedds says:
    28 Apr 2011 08:20:15 PM

    Hi Robert,
    I have been living in Australia since 1947, I spent one year 1943 with the RAAF, then went back to the RAF in Ceylon. While with the RAAF in AUS. I married a girl from Newcastle. She went to the UK for a couple of years until I was discharged from the RAF in 1947 when we returned to Aus. I have tried to contact the other 35 men who you landed in Freemantel in 1943, without any success. It is nice to hear from you. Geo
  5. Robert E.Lee says:
    2 May 2011 04:45:21 AM

    Good Morning/evening George:
    Finally arrived back where your message was posted. Would love to hear about where you live in Australaia, I married a girl from Melboune in 44 in Fremantle. Returned to AUS FOR A SHORT PERIOD IN 58, LIVED IN sHENTON pARK w.a. THEN AGAIN IN Melbourne in 69, then again in 2001 for a couple years, Ruby passed away in 2004. At present I'm in West Virginia,living wity un-married daughter, son,wife and their son along with his two children live here, then I have three grand children by our oldest daughter, who passed away in 98,live two in upstate New YORK AND ONE IN cONNNECTIC, ALL THREE HAVE TWO CHILDREN SO HAVE EIGHT Great Grand Kids, get up to see them now and then. I have a SKYPE FRINED IN ALBANY, AND ONE IN MELBOURNE, ENJOY TALKING WITH THEM, WOULD ALSO ENJOY HAING A BASH WITH YOU. MY SKYPE CONTACT IS BOB LEE. SO WILL WAIT FOR A CALL. BOB
  6. Shannon says:
    9 May 2011 09:13:56 PM

    my dad passed away last and i was learning about his time in war, I learned a lil and im trying to find out more i know it was USS Holland he was in there around 1942 or 44 for about 4 years he was stationed at one point in Sassabee Japan , bombing of pearl harbour, WWII
    i have his captains name somewhereand some more info, I am looking for pictures of the ship and people who were on this ship with him to pass on to my future generations. Can any one help?
  7. George Tedds says:
    9 May 2011 11:05:42 PM

    G'Day Bob, I tried to add you to my Skype addresses but found 200 Bob Lee's on Skype. if you care to give me your email address I will email you first. for your info. I live in Laurieton on the Mid North Coast NSW.
    Cheers for now Geo
  8. kw says:
    29 May 2011 11:23:53 PM

    my dad served on USS S-27,USS S-28,USS Snapper SS-185,USS Holland AS-3 during
    ww2 philippines 1941 and Australia. Do
    not know exact dates. His Rate was C.C.S.
    I would like to talk to someone that served
    with him.
  9. kw says:
    8 Jul 2011 10:38:45 PM

    ATT:Robert E. Lee
    My dad W.W.Wells rating C.C.S.served on the
    Sanpper frist then Holland during the war.
    Did you know him?

    Please let me know at dad52753@aol.com
  10. Floyd's Daughter says:
    27 May 2012 11:40:29 PM

    Hello, I don't know who might still be on here, but my dad, Floyd Stokes, was a cook on the Holland. He told us stories about going to Australia and about being in Okinawa and Tokyo Bay. I have my dad's souviner Japanese rifle that he picked up in Tokyo. I would love to see if anyone can verify some of the stories I heard!
    Cathy
  11. Ernest Milton Watkins says:
    19 Jul 2012 12:07:12 PM

    Hello, my father Ernest Milton Watkins, went by Milt Watkins was aboard the USS Holland from 1940-1946 and I would love to hear from someone who is still alive who may know him or from anyone with photos of the ship or tales that their relative may have told. I have a 7 page letter my father wrote years ago detailing a few encounters and would like to pass the stories along. Anyone may contact me. My email is ryan_watkins89@yahoo.com and my skype is ryan.lance.watkins (richmond ky) I hope to hear from someone, especiually someone alive who may have known him. George, I also tried to find your skype but to no avail. Thanks
  12. Robert E. Lee says:
    8 Nov 2012 01:27:41 PM

    Dear Friends:
    I will make this to all of you who have put a message up.
    First off, I do not know the names of anyone mentioned, but then we were a very clanny community, each dept pretty well lived in their grup, so unless you happened to meet someone by chance, I find I don't recall some of my fellow Raidiomen, what a memory.
    I have related in other stories my associaton with the U.S.S.Holland, from Oct 1940 to Sept (I think) 1943, when I transferred to the U.S.S. Orion, which was on it's way to Frenanle, W.A. hoping to make contact with the girl I had become engaged to. We did and were married June 1, 1944, till she passed away in March of 2004. We had made three attempts to settle in Australia but due to circumstances beyound oure control each time was NOT TO BE. So the last time was for just short of two years in Suburb (Eltham) Melbourne, what a lovely time we had, traveled over much of Victoria and as one of Ruby's sisters lived in Tasmania, we went there three times, each time traveling around, believe we covered the complete Island. What a wonderful place, I would gladly go there and live, it is also close to Melbourne, just an overnight or day trip by ship,Yes my Daughter Sharon and I would love to move there, but not to be. I have covered much of Australia, from Darwin to all major cities except the captial, am sorry we didn't try harder. We had a wonderful vacation in the Bright area, going to Omo by car from Bright, enjoyed our short visit there, It is or was the major Chinese Gold Campg of Australia, if any didn't know, the Chinese were allowed in in large numbers and the scattered through out Australia. When we arrived if was like finding Heaven. even if it was during the WET SEASON, and YES it did POUR. The people of Australia were much like the folks I grew up with, just plain country folks, even tho they lived in cities, where most did. anyone ypu met was a friend. I would love to hear from any and if it is possible to e-mail you. I see they do not publish such, but where there is a will there is a way. so send messege here. Love to all and may the New Year bring us all a better place. Bob
  13. Fred Fisher says:
    18 Jun 2014 06:14:53 PM

    Hi, my name is Fred Fisher and I served for 31 years on conventional boats in both the RN & the RAN. I have been asked to research the American Submarines, Tenders and base at Albany in Western Australia during WW2. This is proving to be much more difficult than I thought. The information is to be used on memorial boards in the WA museum. If anyone can give me some help here with photos, history etc. I would really appreciate it. If not, if you can point me to some sites, historians or even archived history; that would be a great help.
    Thank you.

    Fred Fisher (Ex WOETC S/M) Australia

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