The USS Holland (AS-32) was launched by Ingalls Shipbuilding
of Pascagoula, MS, 19 January 1963; delivered to the Charleston
Naval Shipyard, and commissioned
7 September 1963.
Prior to arriving at Site One, Holland served two tours at Rota,
Spain, and two tours at the FBM Replenishment Site Four, Naval Weapon Station,
Holland departed Charleston in August 1974, and transited the Panama Canal on
her way to conversion / overhaul at Puget Sound Ship Yard. During this work, the
original Polaris Missile Magazine was removed, and a prefabricated, 250-ton
Poseidon Magazine was set in it's place. Once this overhaul was completed - she
re-transited the Panama Canal, and proceeded to her next duty station in Holy
Loch, Scotland. Arriving at Site One in November 1975, Holland relieved
the USS Canopus (AS-34) and commenced seven years of noteworthy service - during
which time she was awarded five consecutive Battle Efficiency "E" and
Golden Anchor awards.
In 1978 the Holland was awarded the Battenberg Cup which was presented to the
Holland by Admiral I.C. KIDD, JR. The Holland was the only Submarine Tender to
receive this award. The award was for the period 1 January to 31 December 1977
and stated in part :"USS Holland was selected as 'The Best' of
approximately 240 Atlantic Fleet Ships in overall Battle Efficiency performance,
combined with other extraordinary performance and achievement in primary mission
support, personnel administration, career motivation and retention, engineering,
safety and morale".
In January 1982, Holland was relieved at Site One by the USS Hunley (AS-31), and returned
After many distinguished years of service Holland was decommissioned on 13
April 1996 in Apra Harbor, Guam.