Home : Media : News : News Article View
NEWS | Aug. 28, 2019

USS Emory S. Land Arrives in Darwin

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Richard A. Miller USS Emory S. Land Public Affairs

DARWIN, Australia (August 27, 2019) -- The submarine tender USS Emory S. Land (AS 39) arrived in Darwin, Australia, for a scheduled port visit, August 27.

Land’s arrival in the land “down under” marked the first port call of her 2019 deployment.

“I’m grateful we are able to stop in Darwin,” said Capt. Michael D. Luckett, Land’s commanding officer. “This is a great opportunity for Sailors to not only experience a new country, but for us to build upon our already strong alliance with Australia.”

Darwin, a major port city and the capital of Australia’s Northern Territory, holds special significance to both the Australian and U.S. navies, said Luckett.

“The Battle of Sunda Strait, northwest of Darwin between the islands of Java and Sumatra, was a critical battle for both the United States and Australian navies during World War II,” he explained. “The tragic losses of the USS Houston and HMAS Perth are an important piece of naval history and hold a shared place of reverence between us and our Australian allies.”

Land was the first of the Navy’s newest class of submarine tenders, designed (but not limited) to support Los Angeles class fast attack submarines. The ship is able to provide nearly any service – from maintenance and hotel services to expeditionary logistical support – to submarines and surface ships in the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet areas of operation.

Land Sailors, especially those who had never been to Australia, were excited visit the city and enjoy its various cultural activities. During their port visit to Darwin, Land Sailors will also participate in a variety of community relations events and leadership engagements.

“I’ve wanted to go to Australia for a long time,” said Boatswain’s Mate Seaman Luke Davis. “I never thought I’d make it here and I am so excited to check it out and see what the country has to offer.”

Guam is home to the U.S. Navy's only submarine tenders, USS Emory S. Land (AS 39) and USS Frank Cable (AS 40), as well as four Los Angeles-class attack submarines. They are operationally assigned to Commander, Submarine Group 7 in support of submarine activities and theater security cooperation efforts in the Indo-Pacific region.

Like Us
Follow Us



USINDOPACOM Statement on DPRK Missile Launch​
Jan. 26, 2022 - We are aware of the ballistic missile launches and are consulting closely with our allies and partners. While we have assessed that this event does not pose an immediate threat to U.S. personnel or territory, or to our...

Jan. 26, 2022 - CAMP H.M. SMITH, Hawaii – U.S. Indo-Pacific Command and the Japan Joint Staff will begin Keen Edge 22, a bilateral command post exercise, on Jan. 26, 2022, at various locations in Hawaii and Japan.Keen Edge, scheduled to run...

USS Sampson Supports Disaster Relief Efforts in Tonga with International Forces
An MH-60R Seahawk Helicopter assigned to the
Jan. 26, 2022 - PACIFIC OCEAN -- The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Sampson (DDG 102), is underway, Jan. 25, supporting the disaster relief efforts in Tonga following the volcanic eruption and tsunami in the...

The U.S. Provides 1,698,840 Doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine to Lao PDR
The United States Provides 1,698,840 Doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine to Lao PDR
Jan. 26, 2022 - VIENTIANE, U.S. Embassy in the Laos -- The U.S. officially handed over 1,698,840 doses of the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to Lao PDR, Jan. 26, which were delivered to the country through the COVAX Facility. COVAX is  a...

Airmen Team Up Across the Force to Make Augmented Reality a Reality
Jan. 26, 2022 - JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska -- A jet engine is a complex machine with thousands of individual parts. Layers and layers of pipes, tubes, connectors, and electronics are invisible without taking things apart, making...