|USS McKee AS 41 in 1981|
|The ship's crest depicts USS MCKEE servicing both diesel and nuclear-powered submarines. The two dolphins are taken from the insignia worn by submarine qualified personnel. THe Latin motto "Plus Ultra Plurimum" translates to, "The Best of the Best."|
|23,000||Built / Launched||1/14/1978 / 2/16/1980|
|Length||645' 8"||Built By||Lockheed Shipbuilding,|
|Beam||85' 0"||Class||Emory S. Land|
|Compliment||1,500||Disposition||Unknown at this time|
Currently Transiting to Norfolk due 9/99
|CAPTAIN D. S. GORHAM||AUGUST 1981 - JULY 1983|
|CAPTAIN J. S. ROBERTSON||JULY 1983 - JULY 1985|
|CAPTAIN R. N. JOHANNES||JULY 1985 - AUGUST 1987|
|CAPTAIN A. E. WALTHER||AUGUST 1987 - AUGUST 1989|
|CAPTAIN R. SCHLICHTER||AUGUST 1989 - AUGUST 1991|
|CAPTAIN W. A. HARDING||AUGUST 1991 - JULY 1993|
|CAPTAIN T. H. ETTER||JULY 1993 - AUGUST 1995|
|CAPTAIN T. J. TRAVERSO||AUGUST 1995 - JULY 1997|
|CAPTAIN J. J. DONNELLY||JULY 1997 - JULY 1998|
|CAPTAIN E. R. JABLONSKI||JULY 1998 - SEPTEMBER 1999|
|Battle Efficiency "E"||1985|
|Meritorious Unit Commendation||1986|
|Battle Efficiency "E"||1986|
|Golden Anchor Award||1986|
|Battle Efficiency "E"||1987|
|Meritorious Unit Commendation||1991|
|Southwest Asia Service Medal||1991|
|Battle Efficiency "E"||1991|
|Meritorious Unit Commendation||1998|
REAR ADMIRALANDREW I. MCKEE
Rear Admiral Andrew I. McKee, for whom the AS-41 Submarine Tender is named, pioneered modern submarine design and development. A native of Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, Admiral McKee graduated from the United States Naval Academy and was commissioned an Ensign in 1917. He served with USS HUNTINGTON until he reported to the Naval Academy as a navigation and physics instructor. In 1921 he received a Master's Degree in Naval Architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Following several design and construction posts, he became Officer in Charge of submarine design for the Navy Department from 1926 to 1930, where he directed the design of the first new classes from which evolved the successful fleet submarines of WWII.
Admiral McKee worked in submarine planning, design and construction as the Design Superintendent of the Portsmouth Navy Yard from 1938 to 1945 and was awarded a Legion of Merit for his service there.
In 1945, he joined the staff of Commander Service Force, Pacific Fleet, as senior Assistant Fleet Maintenance Officer. He was awarded a Bronze Star Medal and also a Gold Star in lien of a second Legion of Merit for directing emergency combat repairs of ships during the assult on Okinawa.
Following his retirement, Admiral McKee spent many years as a research and design engineer for the Electric Boat Division of the General Dynamics corporation in Connecticut. He died in 1976 at the age of 80.
|Mrs. Ingeborg McKee, widow of the late Rear Admiral McKee launches USS MCKEE (AS 41) in February 1981|
and his Administration staff for providing the McKee's history and many great pictures.