Alderson, James, MM2

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Machinists Mate
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1984-1985, MM-5342, USS McKee (AS-41)
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MM-4231-SSN/SSBN Auxiliary Equipment Technician
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  1984-1985, MM-5342, USS McKee (AS-41)

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 USS McKee (AS-41) Details

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

International Radio Call Sign:
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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Emory S. Land-class

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USS McKee (AS-41)

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Hawthorne, Kenneth, PO1, (1979-1999) MM MM-4503 Petty Officer First Class
Sawtell, Garret, PO1, (1977-1985) MM MM-3376 Petty Officer First Class
Brennan, Robert, PO1, (1979-2008) MM MM-4291 Petty Officer Second Class
Livingston, Dirk, PO1, (1979-1992) MM MM-4245 Petty Officer Second Class
[Name Withheld], (1980-2000) MM MM-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Gagne, Rob, PO3, (1981-1987) MM MM-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
McCrary, Michael, CPO, (1981-2001) MM MM-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Milanovits, Neal, PO1, (1981-2001) MM MM-4204 Petty Officer Third Class
Rogers, Jonathan, PO1, (1981-2002) SK SK-0000 [Other Service Rank]
Beeler, Don, LT, (1976-1986) OFF 112X Lieutenant
Hermanson, Kenneth, CDR, (1971-2005) OFF 626X Lieutenant
Preston, Richard, LCDR, (1964-1988) OFF 613X Lieutenant
Dunn, Michael, LT, (1973-1994) OFF 628X Lieutenant Junior Grade
Pinkham, Alfred, LT, (1971-1994) OFF 623X Lieutenant Junior Grade
Rodriguez, Lorenzo, LCDR, (1969-1994) OFF 623X Ensign
Bass, Gary, SCPO, (1972-1998) HT HT-4947 Senior Chief Petty Officer
Chapman, Chester, MCPO, (1973-1997) ND ND-5346 Senior Chief Petty Officer
Chapman, Chester, MCPO, (1973-1997) ND ND-5346 Senior Chief Petty Officer
Armstrong, James, CPO, (1973-1987) EM EM-3364 Chief Petty Officer
Boothe, Thomas, CPO, (1970-1991) HM HM-8482 Chief Petty Officer
Dunagan, James, SCPO, (1972-1996) BM BM-5342 Chief Petty Officer
Kobiec, Stephen, SCPO, (1969-1989) YN YN-0000 Chief Petty Officer
LUYUN, EXPEDITO, MCPO, (1971-1996) EM EM-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Magnone, Dave, SCPO, (1964-1989) RM RM-2318 Chief Petty Officer
Maynigo, Virgilio, SCPO, (1975-1995) EM EM-4621 Chief Petty Officer
Muzzey, Thomas, SCPO, (1965-1995) MR MR-4402 Chief Petty Officer
Swan, James, SCPO, (1971-1995) TM TM-0721 Chief Petty Officer
Trissler, Dennis, SCPO, (1965-1997) HM HM-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Young, Peter, LT, (1970-1994) SM SM-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Aquino, Virgilio, CPO, (1975-1996) EM EM-4621 Petty Officer First Class
Barker, Franklin, CPO, (1973-1993) RM RM-2319 Petty Officer First Class
Bonwell, Wendell, PO1, (1962-1992) MR MR-9593 Petty Officer First Class
Bradford, Eugene, SCPO, (1978-2004) ET ET-14JA Petty Officer First Class
Cloutier, Donald, MCPO, (1974-2001) TM TM-0721 Petty Officer First Class
DeBord, Rick, SCPO, (1978-2003) HT HT-4956 Petty Officer First Class
Dunn, JoAnn, CPO, (1974-1997) YN CYN-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Fisher, Richard, CPO, (1976-1999) IC IC-4716 Petty Officer First Class
Fortin, Pete, PO1, (1974-1996) BM BM-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Foster, John, PO1, (1978-1986) EM EM-3394 Petty Officer First Class
Frazier, Douglas, PO1, (1975-1995) GM GM-0812 Petty Officer First Class
Henthorn, Ronnie, PO1, (1976-1986) IC IC-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Kirby, Daryl, PO1, (1975-1987) ET ET-1425 Petty Officer First Class
Lampel, Kenneth, PO1, (1978-1986) BT BT-4533 Petty Officer First Class
Langlois, Steve, CPO, (1974-1998) HM HM-8432 Petty Officer First Class
Martin, Carl S. (Steve), PO1, (1971-1991) DP DP-2755 Petty Officer First Class
Miller, Eric, PO1, (1980-1989) EN EN-4333 Petty Officer First Class
Miller, Eric, PO1, (1979-1989) EN EN-4333 Petty Officer First Class
Miller, Marty, SCPO, (1976-1999) HT HT-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Nelson, Charles, PO1, (1973-1994) DP DP-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Rowland, Julie, PO1, (1982-2003) SK SK-2813 Petty Officer First Class
Sullivan, Donald, MCPO, (1981-2003) HT HT-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Thomas, Spurgeon, PO1, (1974-1984) RM RM-2354 Petty Officer First Class
Warren, Kevin, CPO, (1976-1999) BT BT-4513 Petty Officer First Class
Williams, Paul, PO1, (1978-1998) BT BT-0000 Petty Officer First Class
August, Craig, PO2, (1984-1988) PM PM-5101 Petty Officer Second Class
Boals, Gretchen, CMC, (1984-2009) EM EM-4621 Petty Officer Second Class
Buckhanna, Doris, PO2, (1985-1994) DC DC-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Carter, Timothy, PO2, (1981-1985) TM TM-0000 Petty Officer Second Class

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