SIU-Crewed Frank Cable Wins Navy Safety Award


October 2016


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The USS Frank Cable (AS 40), a Guam-based submarine tender crewed by SIU Government Services mariners and operated by the Military Sealift Command, was recently named the winner of the 2016 SECNAV Safety Excellence Award. The prestigious honor, announced by the Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV), is presented to the vessel with the best afloat safety program across the entire Navy.


Dr. Janine Davidson, Under Secretary of the Navy, presented the award to the Frank Cable’s safety officer, Lt. Malia Gonzalez, who accepted on behalf of the entire crew. Gonzalez was also selected by the National Safety Council for an additional award.


“It is a great honor to have our safety team recognized with the SECNAV Safety Excellence Award,” said Capt. Drew St. John, the Frank Cable’s commanding officer. “Throughout the year they proactively worked with the Sailors and Military Sealift Command civilian mariners serving on Frank Cable, focusing on education and developing a culture of safety, which has enabled us to execute a demanding schedule while keeping the crew safe. I could not be prouder of all they have achieved.”


During the previous year, the Frank Cable had no onduty class A or class B mishaps and no lost man-hours or limited-duty days resulting from on-duty mishaps while completing the mission. During that timeframe, the Frank Cable earned a significant reduction in safety discrepancies. According to the Navy, “The ship and its crew maintained the highest safety standards and adhered to all safety requirements, while completing seven Continuous Maintenance Availabilities, 55 Voyage Repair Availabilities, 17 Remote-Site Fly-Away Teams tasking, encompassing over 2,965 jobs and totaling over 345,000 production manhours of quality maintenance aboard submarines and surface ships throughout the Pacific theater.”


“Protecting our people and assets by managing risk is paramount,” said Rear Adm. Frederick Roegge, commander, Submarine Force, Pacific Fleet. “Recognition like this shows leadership ability and how well you can work together as a team.”


The Frank Cable is one of two forward-deployed submarine tenders.


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