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U.S.S. NASSAU

(LHA-4)

Top Gator

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The USS NASSAU (LHA-4), a Tarawa class amphibious assault ship, was commissioned on 28 JUL 1979. USS NASSAU, named for the Battle of Nassau the Bahamas in 1976 between American rebels and British forces, was built by Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Mississippi. After commissioning NASSAU is homeported in Norfolk, Virginia and has deployed numerous times to the "MED", "IO" and Caribbean. USS NASSAU is known as "The Top Gator" and is ready for missions as diverse as Desert Storm and humanitarian relief in Haiti after the tragic earthquake.

The USS NASSAU (LHA-4) deployment history and significant events of her service career follow:

LHA-4 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
AUG 1973 Keel Date: 13 AUG 1973
at Ingalls Shipbuilding Pascagoula MS
JAN 1978 Launch Date: 21 JAN 1978
JUL 1979 Commissioned: 28 JUL 1979
JAN 1980 - JAN 1981 Caribbean
JAN 1980 - JAN 1981 Caribbean
JAN 1982 - JUN 1982 Mediterranean Sea - Indian Ocean - Marg 1-82
JAN 1982 - JAN 1982 Mediterranean-Indian Ocean
MAR 1982 - Shellback Initiation - 24 MAR 1982 - Indian Ocean
MAR 1982 - Shellback Initiation - 24 MAR 1982 - Indian Ocean
MAR 1982 - Shellback Initiation - 22 MAR 1982 - Atlantic Ocean
MAR 1982 - Shellback Initiation - 3 MAR 1982 - Indian Ocean
MAR 1982 - Shellback Initiation - 24 MAR 1982 - Indian Ocean
NOV 1983 - NOV 1983 Mediterranean
DEC 1983 - JUN 1984 Blue Nose - Artic Circle
FEB 1984 - AUG 1984 Mediterranean-Lebanon
AUG 1987 - FEB 1988 Mediterranean
AUG 1988 - NOV 1988 North Atlantic
OCT 1988 - OCT 1988 Blue Nose - Artic Circle
MAY 1989 - NOV 1989 Mediterranean
JAN 1990 - APR 1991 Desert Shield
FEB 1992 - APR 1992 Blue Nose - Artic Circle
JAN 1993 - DEC 1994 Dry Dock
OCT 1993 - APR 1994 Mediterranean
OCT 1994 - APR 1995 Mediterranean
NOV 1996 - JUN 1997 Mediterranean
MAY 1997 - Shellback Initiation - 7 MAY 1997 - Atlantic Ocean
MAY 1997 - Shellback Initiation - 7 MAY 1997 - Atlantic Ocean
MAY 1997 - Shellback Initiation - 5 MAY 1997 - Atlantic Ocean
NOV 1998 - JUN 1999 Mediterranean
NOV 2000 - MAY 2001 Mediterranean
SEP 2002 - JUL 2003 Mediterranean
SEP 2002 - JUL 2003 Mediterranean
SEP 2002 - JUL 2003 Mediterranean
NOV 2005 - MAY 2006 Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
FEB 2008 - JUL 2008 Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
JAN 2010 - AUG 2010 Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
JUN 2010 Shellback Initiation - 24 JUN 2010 - Indian Ocean
MAR 2011 - MAR 2011 Decommisioning

LHA-4 General Specifications

Class: Tarawa-class amphibious assault ship

Named for: Battle of Nassau

Complement: 82 Officers and 882 Enlisted

Displacement: 39300 tons

Length: 833.34 feet

Beam: 106.6 feet

Flank Speed: 24 knots