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USS L. Y. Spear AS-36

USS L. Y. Spear (AS-36) was the lead ship of her class of submarine tenders, in service to the United States Navy from 1970 through 1996. She was named for Lawrence York Spear, a former Navy lieutenant who played an integral role in submarine design at Electric Boat Company before and during World War II.

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Comment by Patty Schneider Kelso on February 12, 2015 at 12:59am


Join us in Virginia Beach for the USS L. Y. SPEAR Reunion, September 9-13, 2015! Registration deadline is July 31st, so don't delay - send it today! Remember, to attend any part of the reunion, you must register.

Important dates to remember:

    July 10th - Cut-off date to qualify for the HOTEL & TOURS Bonuses
    July 31st - Reunion Registration cut-off date
    August 7th - Hotel Registration cut-off date

For more information and to download your registration form, go to See you at "the Beach"!

Comment by Howard N King on January 3, 2015 at 6:39pm

Patty, Monika and I still talk about the super time we had at the Charleston reunion. Elvis put on a great show and the whole event was well organized. Will try to make this years reunion. 

Comment by Patty Schneider Kelso on January 3, 2015 at 5:56pm

Hi Howard!  We haven't see you guys since the Charleston reunion. Would love to see you in Virginia Beach this year! :-)

Comment by Howard N King on January 3, 2015 at 3:08pm

Pre Com thru 7/71 Food Service Officer. Was a challenge to organize S-2 Div, provision the ship and commence the feeding of the crew and supporting the Subs with provisions. The Food Service Div went on to become a NEY Award Winner for Large Messes Afloat with in 17 months from commissioning.    

Comment by Patty Schneider Kelso on January 3, 2015 at 1:28pm

Join us in 2015 as we go "Back to the Beach"!  We will be at the Virginia Beach Resort Hotel & Conference Center, September 9-13, 2015.  Once the itinerary has been finalized, the registration form will be available so keep checking back.  For more information, go to

See you in Virginia Beach!

Comment by Leon Jessie on January 11, 2014 at 1:19pm

Our 2014 Reunion for the USS L. Y. SPEAR will be at the Chicago Marriott Suites in Deerfield, Illinois. For more information, go to

Keep checking back for more details. Once the final itinerary has been scheduled, the Reunion Registration Form will be made available.

See you in Chicago!
Comment by John Emil WOLFE on January 11, 2014 at 11:22am

Stationed as a ship's electrician around 1980-1983.

Comment by Leon Jessie on March 28, 2012 at 1:09am
Dates: September 5-9, 2012
Location: Sheraton Providence Airport Hotel

After months of working to secure a suitable hotel for our New England reunion, we are pleased to announce that a contract has been signed! This marks the first reunion that the Association will host itself, and it will be held at the Sheraton Providence Airport Hotel in Warwick, RI, ( More detailed information is on the official USS L. Y. SPEAR (AS-36) Association page (click "Reunions") at .

Requests for proposals were sent out all over the New England area, including Connecticut and Rhode Island. Although our target location was New London, we were not able to get a hotel in that immediate area that could either accommodate our group (too small, no banquet facilities, no elevators, etc.) or give us a room rate of under $100.

This year's reunion will celebrate the 45th anniversary of the Christening of the USS L. Y. SPEAR in Quincy, MA. We choose the Sheraton Providence Airport Hotel because of its proximity to all the places we want to visit during the reunion, as well as it being close to the airport. One full day will be spent in New London visiting the Naval Submarine Base, and the Submarine Force Museum & USS NAUTILUS (SSN-571). More great events are planned that will be announced when registration forms become available.

Contact the hotel directly to make your reservations and tell them you are with the USS L. Y. SPEAR Reunion group. Hotel reservations must be made by AUGUST 4th in order to get the negotiated room rate. After that date, you may not get that rate or a room. There are only a limited number of rooms reserved at this special price, so please make your reservations as soon as possible. Your credit card WILL NOT be charged until AFTER you check-in, and you can cancel your reservation without penalty up to 24 hours prior to the first night's stay.
Comment by WARREN WURZBURGER on August 19, 2011 at 11:02am
I was aboard at Norfolk around 1981. Anyone else? Looking for a red head wave named Gail Araujo (before she got married).
Comment by Leon Jessie on January 14, 2010 at 12:11am
We gotta get you to a reunion to tell the stories of shutting her down. Iwas just the opposite end of the spectrum. When we walked into the space that was to become the SUBSAT office it was an empty storeroom and we had to convert it. That was one of the offices that weren't finished before she got to Portsmouth. Shoot me your email address and I'll sign you up on our free members only site so you can see if there are shipmates there that you might know and see all the photos from where she went during her lifetime. In 2010 we are trying to arrange a trip to the shipyard to see her one more time. She is scheduled to be scrapped, but no one has a time table yet. The shipyard said they would allow us pierside for photos. Can't get on board... too many safety hazards.

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