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U.S. Navy ship docks in Perth, Western Australia
April 19, 2022

US Consulate General -Perth, David Gainer (right), with Commanding Officer HMAS Stirling, Captain Gary Lawton RAN (left), and Commanding Officer USS Frank Cable, Captain Albert Alacorn, meet in front of USS Frank Cable while the ship is alongside at Fleet Base West, Western Australia.

A United States Navy ship and its 350-person crew has arrived in Perth, Western Australia for a scheduled port visit.

The submarine tender USS Frank Cable (AS 40) is visiting HMAS Stirling Naval Base near Rockingham as part of routine operations in the Indo-Pacific region.

U.S. Consul General Perth David Gainer said the Frank Cable’s visit demonstrated the strategic importance of Western Australia to the United States.

“The United States and Australian alliance is active every day around the world, including here in Western Australia,” Consul General Gainer said.

“Perth is uniquely located in the Indo-Pacific and together, our navies are helping to ensure a free, open, resilient and prosperous region.”

The Royal Australian Navy’s HMAS Stirling, Commanding Officer, Captain Gary Lawton said the visit was an example of the ongoing cooperation and camaraderie between the U.S. and Australian navies.

“It is a pleasure to host our close friends and allies at HMAS Stirling. Today’s arrival allows us to further strengthen the personal and professional bonds between our two Navies,” Capt Lawton said.

USS Frank Cable’s Commanding Officer Captain Albert Alarcon said: “Our crew has enjoyed the unique opportunity to experience Australia’s rich culture and history, and we are very excited to visit Perth, Fremantle and Rockingham.”

“We look forward to engaging with members of the local community and with our Royal Australian Navy counterparts to reinforce the strong friendship between our countries.”

A number of crewmembers are also volunteering in the community during their time in WA. The visit follows previous port calls in Brisbane and Sydney.

It is the first major U.S. Navy visit to WA since the USS Texas in January 2020.


  • Submarine tenders furnish maintenance and logistic support for submarines
  • Measures 644-feet (193 meters) long and weighs 23,000 U.S. tons at full load
  • Approx. 350 crewmembers, including 200 naval servicemembers and 150 civilians
  • Frank Cable is forward-deployed to Apra Harbor, Guam


  • Vision of USS Frank Cable’s arrival at HMAS Stirling
  • USS Frank Cable arrival stills:Here