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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

Add a LHA-4 Shellback Initiation Add a LHA-4 Deployment - Major Event
Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
AUG1973-Keel Date: 13 AUG 1973
at Ingalls Shipbuilding Pascagoula MS
JAN1978-Launch Date: 21 JAN 1978
JAN1979-JAN1980Commisioning
JUL1979-Commissioned: 28 JUL 1979
JUL1979-MAR1980Regular Overhaul
OCT1979-DEC19791st embarked marines to board and sail to gitmo Cuba
OCT1979-DEC1979Guantanamo Bay
JAN1980-JAN1981Caribbean
JUN1980- Shellback Initiation - 8 JUN 1980 - Atlantic Ocean
JUN1980- Shellback Initiation - 8 JUN 1980 - Atlantic Ocean
JUN1980- Shellback Initiation - 8 JUN 1980 - Atlantic Ocean
JUL1981- Shellback Initiation - 20 JUL 1981 - Atlantic Ocean
NOV1981- Shellback Initiation - 15 NOV 1981 - Indian Ocean
JAN1982-JUN1982Mediterranean Sea - Indian Ocean - Marg 1-82
JAN1982-DEC1984Mediterranean-Lebanon
JAN1982-JAN1982Mediterranean-Indian Ocean
MAR1982- Shellback Initiation - 24 MAR 1982 - Indian Ocean
MAR1982-Shellback Initiation - 3 MAR 1982 - Indian Ocean
MAR1982-Shellback Initiation - 24 MAR 1982 - Indian Ocean
JAN1983-JAN1983South America
FEB1983-MAR1983Guantanamo Bay
MAR1983-MAY1983Mediterranean
DEC1983-JUN1984Blue Nose - Arctic Circle
FEB1984-AUG1984Mediterranean-Lebanon
MAY1984-OCT1984Mediterranean-Lebanon
AUG1985-NOV1985North Atlantic
AUG1987-FEB1988Mediterranean
JUN1988-NOV1988Mediterranean
AUG1988-NOV1988North Atlantic
OCT1988-OCT1988Blue Nose - Arctic Circle
NOV1988-MAY1989Mediterranean
MAY1989-NOV1989Mediterranean
JAN1990-APR1991Desert Shield
AUG1990-JAN1991Desert Shield
JAN1991-APR1991Desert Storm
FEB1992-APR1992Blue Nose - Arctic Circle
JAN1993-DEC1994Dry Dock
OCT1993-APR1994Mediterranean
OCT1994-APR1995Mediterranean
NOV1994-Shellback Initiation - 14 NOV 1994 - Atlantic Ocean
JAN1996-JAN1997Mediterranean
NOV1996-Shellback Initiation - 3 NOV 1996 - Atlantic Ocean
NOV1996-JUN1997Mediterranean
MAY1997-Shellback Initiation - 5 MAY 1997 - Atlantic Ocean
MAY1997-Shellback Initiation - 7 MAY 1997 - Atlantic Ocean
NOV1998-JUN1999Mediterranean
JAN1999-JAN2000Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
NOV2000-MAY2001Mediterranean
JUL2002-MAY2003Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
SEP2002-JUL2003Mediterranean
FEB2005-Shellback Initiation - 7 FEB 2005 - Indian Ocean
NOV2005-MAY2006Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
JAN2006-OCT2009UNITAS
FEB2008-JUL2008Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
JAN2010-AUG2010Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
JUN2010-Shellback Initiation - 24 JUN 2010 - Indian Ocean
MAR2011-MAR2011Decommisioning

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