Grisham, J. DAVE, CDR

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  1995-1998, 626X, USS McKee (AS-41)

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 USS McKee (AS-41) Details

USS McKee (AS-41)
Hull number AS-41

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November - Golf - Uniform - Alpha


USS McKee (AS-41), named after Andrew McKee, was the thirdEmory S. Land-class submarine tender built by the Lockheed Shipbuilding and Construction Company of SeattleWashington for the United States Navy.

The ship was commissioned on 16 August 1981. After a series of sea trials, McKee joined Dixon (AS-37) in San Diego to support Pacific Fleet submarines. The McKee was the Command Ship for COMSUBRON11.

Early in 1984, McKee became the first submarine tender certified to support the new Tomahawk cruise missile system. McKee earned three consecutive Battle Efficiency "E" awards in 1985, 1986 and 1987. In addition to the Battle "E" in 1986, McKee was honored with the Golden Anchor Award for retention excellence and her firstMeritorious Unit Commendation.

In 1987, the McKee was the first submarine tender to visit Adak, Alaska since World War II, and conducted the first nuclear submarine upkeep at this remote location. 1988 saw McKee become the first submarine tender certified to handle the Tomahawk Vertical Launch System (VLS).

In February 1989 the McKee performed the first at-sea weapons transfer to a submarine since WWII, to the USS Ohio (SSBN-726).



In March 1990, the McKee continued leading the way for submarine tenders by participating in the first underway fuel replenishment by a Pacific Fleet submarine tender. This fuel was in preparation for deployment to the Persian Gulf in January 1991.

When Operation Desert Storm began, the McKee deployed to the Persian Gulf and spent six months providing support to submarines and surface combatants in Jebel Ali, just outsideDubaiUnited Arab EmiratesMcKee was awarded a second Meritorious Unit Commendation and the Southwest Asia Service Medal. Following Desert StormMcKee was awarded a fourth Battle Efficiency "E" Award.

In 1995, after the decommissioning of USS DixonMcKee provided all support to San Diego based submarines. Assistance was also provided to many Allied submarines while they visited Point Loma.

In 1998, McKee earned a third Meritorious Unit Commendation following a six month deployment to Pearl Harbor. During this deployment, McKee provided services and conducted repairs to both U.S. and Allied submarines and surface combatants. Upon returning to San Diego, the ship took the lead in establishing shore-based services that will support the submarines after McKee's departure.

In November 1998 the weapons department of the USS McKee loaded Tomahawk cruise missles onto the HMS Splendid. These were the first of 67 Tomahawk cruise missles sold to the Royal Navy and the first British submarine to receive the Tomahawk missiles. They were later used by the HMS Splendid in offensive operations in Yugoslavia.

On 16 July 1999, McKee was decommissioned from service. Since that time she has been in the Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility (NISMF), located in Portsmouth, Virginia.

USS McKee was one of first ships to integrate female sailors and as a consequence, while unofficially was also known as the "Love Boat" by many of her crew, and the crew members of submarines, assigned to Submarine Squadron 11 for the many relationships that sprung up during the 1990s


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Schell, Michael, LT, (1978-1998) OFF 640X Lieutenant
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Striker, Joshua, LT, (1983-2005) OFF 000X Lieutenant Junior Grade
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Jones, Bill, LCDR, (1981-2005) OFF 629X Ensign
Yawn, Michael, LCDR, (1980-2010) OFF 623X Ensign
Lichtenstein, Paul, CWO3, (1971-1997) OFF 740X Chief Warrant Officer 3
Serven, Jeff, LCDR, (1979-Present) OFF 741X Chief Warrant Officer 2
Saunders, Ryan, PO1, (1993-2013) OFF 000X Petty Officer Third Class
Esqueda, Ana, PO2, (1994-2000) OFF 000X Seaman
Nelson, Eric, PO1, (1994-Present) OFF 000X Seaman
Pecot, Aimee, SN, (1993-1996) OFF 111X Seaman
Johnson, Michael, LT, (1980-2005) OFF 623X Lieutenant
Standridge, Burt, CWO4, (1968-1995) MM MM-0000 Chief Warrant Officer 4
Schmidt, Al, MCPO, (1985-Present) MM MM-9502 Master Chief Petty Officer
Allie, James, MCPO, (1982-2008) EM EM-3364 Senior Chief Petty Officer
Brockington, Gene, SCPO, (1975-2000) ET ET-14EM Senior Chief Petty Officer
McNulty, Jerome, SCPO, (1975-2002) AG AG-0000 Senior Chief Petty Officer
Roark, Ronald, MCPO, (1979-2003) BM BM-0161 Senior Chief Petty Officer
Baterina, Bats, CPO, (1975-1999) EM EM-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Blagg, Thelma, CPO, (1980-2000) HT HT-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Davis, Dennis, LCDR, (1983-2010) EM EM-3364 Chief Petty Officer
Duggan, Philip, CPO, (1975-1996) ET ET-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Fletcher, Sharon, CPO, (1978-2002) IT IT-2318 Chief Petty Officer
Foster, Charlene, CPO, (1978-2002) HM HM-8424 Chief Petty Officer
Gatti, Joe, SCPO, (1981-2003) SK SK-2825 Chief Petty Officer
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Heinz, Gregory, MCPO, (1985-2007) IM IM-1820 Chief Petty Officer
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Janssen, Sherry, CPO, (1973-1997) SK SK-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Johnson, Renee, CPO, (1976-2000) PN PN-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Kostelny, Nancy, SCPO, (1984-2006) HT HT-4947 Chief Petty Officer
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Bigby, Herbert, CPO, (1985-2005) ET ET-1401 Petty Officer First Class
BILLITER, RANDY, PO1, (1978-1999) ML ML-5201 Petty Officer First Class
Blanchard, Donna, PO1, (1988-2001) TM TM-0746 Petty Officer First Class
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