USS Holland AS-32 Association
The Official Homeport for Crewmembers of the
World Greatest Tender in the U.S. Navy
Awards, Citations, and Campaign Ribbons
Meritorious Unit Citation (4), Battle Efficiency "E"(10), National Defense, Humanitarian Service (2)


2017 Reunion









Submarine Squadron 16 was established during World War II, and amassed more than 500,000 tons of enemy shipping sunk, earning both the Presidential Unit Citation and six Navy Unit Commendations before being decommissioned after the war. The squadron was formally recommissioned at Charleston, S.C., on Oct. 18, 1963, as the Navy's second Fleet Ballistic Missile (FBM) Submarine Squadron.

The Chief of Naval Operations deployed Submarine Squadron 16 to Rota, Spain, on Jan. 28, 1964, and embarked upon USS Proteus (AS-19). USS Lafayette (SSBN 616) completed its first FBM deterrent patrol with the Polaris missile and commenced the first refit and replenishment at Rota. During the early 1970s, the submarines assigned to Squadron 16 were completing conversion to the Poseidon missile. That transition was completed when USS Francis Scott Key (SSBN 657) returned to Rota on Jan. 14, 1974.

Treaty negotiations between Spain and the United States in 1975 resulted in a planned withdrawal of Squadron 16 from Spain, and the Chief of Naval Operations ordered studies to select a new refit site on the East Coast. The treaty with Spain was ratified by the U.S. Congress in June 1976 and called for the withdrawal of the squadron from Spain by July 1979. Kings Bay, Georgia, was selected as that new refit site, and the site selected was announced by the Secretary of the Navy in November 1976.

Naval Station Rota, Spain
USS Oak Ridge ARDM-1

September 1962, ARD-19 was brought out of reserve and taken to Jacksonville, Florida, where she was converted, by the Gibbs Shipyards to a fleet Los Angeles-class "fast attack" submarine drydock. Her length increased to 5361 and her displacement to 9,700 tons, she became the first mobile single unit capable of such docking. She was than named, redesignated, and recommissioned as Oak Ridge (ARDM-1), 1 October 1963. Further changes, such as the replacement of two 10-ton cranes with two 25-ton cranes, kept her at Norfolk until 4 June 1964 when she was taken under tow by Atakapa to begin the long journey to her homeport of Rota, Spain. With USS Mahoa (YTM-519) in her dock basin, she arrived at Rota 22 days later and commenced providing the services, to Polaris-equipped submarines and others as required, which she continued into 1970.


Floridian's TM2 Steve Spickelmier  1963-1966 and
No other than Captain Charles W. Styer the First Commanding Officer of the USS Holland AS-32.
Captain Styer is 91 yrs old

Plank Owner / Captain Charles W. Styer

USS Holland AS-32 Scrap-Book


96 pages

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Original USS Holland AS-32 Plank-Owners Certificate
Special Thanks goes to TM2 Steve Spicklemier for providing the certificate
USS Holland AS-32 Plank Owner's Crewmember's List
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If your name does not appear on the Plank Owners List please sign our deck log.
That Is All 
Updated on 01/28/2011
Picture Contribution Page
  Gerard Natale vintage 8mm video
maiden voyage to Rota, Spain 1964
 Donald Roberts - Deck Dept
video is 8:24 minutes long
TM2 Craig Treiber
Bobby Ridings Photo Album
Ivan Harrison jr's Album
Dennis Pakutz Photo Album
Peter Boeger USMC left click on mouse and zoom for full screen
No Sound on video
EN3 Richard Herold Photo Album
Mike Oestreicher Photo Album
Kenneth Pearsall Photo Album - Holland's Print Shop