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The USS HERMITAGE (LSD-34), a Thomaston-class dock landing ship, was commissioned on 14 DEC 1956. USS HERMITAGE, named for President Andrew Jackson's estate near Nashville, Tennessee, was built by Ingalls Shipbuilding Corp. in Pascagoula, Miss. After fit out and shake down HERMITAGE sailed for her homeport of Norfolk, Virginia. August 1957 had HERMITAGE beginning a long series of deployments that compose the life of a "Gator Freighter". HERMITAGE was an early visitor to the Indian Ocean when she carried helicopters to Pakistan in 1959-60, for state visits by President Dwight D. Eisenhower. A South American cruise followed in 1960, then duty during the Cuban Missile Blockade in October 1962. HERMITAGE deployed once to the Western Pacific in support of the Vietnamese war effort in 1967. Returning to the Atlantic. HERMITAGE continued her deployments to the "Med", North Atlantic and Caribbean for the next 22 years. USS HERMITAGE served her country for 32 years, 9 months and 18 days, until decommissioned on 2 OCT 1989. First lent, then sold to, Brazil, HERMITAGE continues in Brazilian service as NDD Cear� (G-30).

The USS HERMITAGE (LSD-34) deployment history and significant events of her service career follow:

LSD-34 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
APR 1955 - Keel Date: 11 APR 1955
at Ingalls Shipbuilding Pascagoula MS
JUN 1956 - Launch Date: 12 JUN 1956
DEC 1956 - JAN 1957 Commisioning
DEC 1956 - Commissioned: 14 DEC 1956
AUG 1957 - OCT 1957 Mediterranean
JAN 1960 - APR 1960 president eisenhower helicopter transport to karachi
DEC 1960 - Shellback Initiation - 22 DEC 1960 - Atlantic Ocean
JAN 1961 - Shellback Initiation - 17 JAN 1961 - Atlantic Ocean
OCT 1962 - OCT 1962 Cuban Missle Blockade
OCT 1962 - NOV 1962 Cuban Missle Blockade
NOV 1962 - DEC 1962 Participation in Cuban Blockade
APR 1963 - SEP 1963 Mediterranean
MAY 1963 - OCT 1963 Mediterranean
OCT 1963 - JAN 1964 Mediterranean
JAN 1964 - APR 1964 Caribbean
OCT 1964 - NOV 1964 Mediterranean
JUN 1965 - SEP 1965 Caribbean
APR 1967 - DEC 1967 West Pac-Viet Nam
JUN 1968 - NOV 1968 Caribbean
JAN 1970 - Shellback Initiation - 10 JAN 1970 - Atlantic Ocean
NOV 1970 - JAN 1971 Mediterranean-Indian Ocean
NOV 1970 - MAY 1971 Mediterranean
JAN 1972 - SEP 1975 Mediterranean-Indian Ocean
OCT 1972 - APR 1973 Mediterranean
JAN 1973 - JUN 1973 Dry Dock
MAR 1973 - MAR 1977 North Atlantic-Med-Indian Ocean
FEB 1974 - JUN 1974 Mediterranean
DEC 1974 - FEB 1975 Caribbean
APR 1975 - DEC 1975 Accident
APR 1975 - JUN 1975 Grounding off Morehead City - Dry-docked in Charleston SC
AUG 1975 - JAN 1976 Mediterranean
SEP 1976 - DEC 1976 North Atlantic
OCT 1976 - DEC 1976 2nd tank battallion 2marine division nato cruise
APR 1977 - OCT 1977 Mediterranean
JAN 1978 - SEP 1980 Mediterranean
AUG 1979 - JUL 1982 Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
OCT 1979 - FEB 1980 Mediterranean
JAN 1980 - MAR 1980 North Atlantic
FEB 1981 - JUL 1981 Mediterranean
JUN 1981 - APR 1982 Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
NOV 1984 - AUG 1986 North Atlantic-Med-Indian Ocean
NOV 1984 - JUN 1986 Mediterranean
JAN 1985 - JAN 1988 Mediterranean
NOV 1985 - JUN 1986 Mediterranean
JAN 1986 - JAN 1986 Mediterranean-Indian Ocean
MAY 1988 - Shellback Initiation - 23 MAY 1988 - Pacific Ocean
MAY 1988 - MAY 1988 Mediterranean
OCT 1989 - Decommissioned: 2 OCT 1989
MAY 1998 - OCT 1999 Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf

LSD-34 General Specifications

Class: Thomaston-class dock landing ship

Named for: The Hermitage

Complement: 304 Officers and Enlisted

Displacement: 8899 tons

Length: 510 feet

Beam: 84 feet

Flank Speed: 21 knots

Final Disposition: Transferred to Brazil 2 October 1989


Hermitage (LSD-34) was launched 12 June 1956 by the Ingalls Shipbulldlng Corp. Pascagoula Miss.; sponsored by Mrs. Alfred M. Pride wife of Vice Admiral Alfred M. Pride and commissioned 14 December 1956 Captain Leonard A. Parker in command.

While on shakedown in the Caribbean Hermitage was informally inspected by Admiral Arleigh Burke then Chief of Naval Operations. After training operations out of Norfolk she sailed for the Mediterranean in late August to join the 6th Fleet. Hermitage participated in exercises with NATO units and visited Sicily Crete Turkey Italy Greece and Spain before returning to the States 16 November 1957. Operations primarily with fast amphibious helicopter assault equipment and tactics occupied her until November 1959. With a cargo of Presidential helicopters embarked Hermitage sailed to Karachi 2 December via the Atlantic Mediterranean Suez Canal and Red and Arabian Seas to furnish quick and safe transportation for President Dwight D. Eisenhower on his Asian and European tour. Mission successfully completed she returned home via Barcelona 17 January 1960.

Foreign waters called Hermitage by the end of the year as she sailed 28 November as flagship for Admiral A. L. Reed COMSOLANT for a good will cruise to South America and Africa. In the midst of this important cruise Hermitage was diverted 19 January 1961 to carry grain to the Congo to help the United Nations combat starvation in that revolution-torn country. Relieved as flagship 3 May by Spiegel Grove Hermitage returned to Virginia 16 May and soon resumed her pattern of operations and exercises off the Virginia Capes and in the Caribbean.

When the presence of Soviet nuclear missiles in Cuba threatened war in Octoher 1962 Hermitage sailed to Guantanamo to transport Marines to that threatened base and underline America's determination to maintain her position there. A second cruise to the Mediterranean from May to October 1963 took Hermitage to Naples Athens Genoa Cannes Sardinia Malta and Rota as well as other ports in the 6th Fleet's continuing role of peace-keeping and protection of American interests in that crucial area.

After an assignment in February 1904 to the Caribbean Ready Squadron 12 based in Panama early in May Hermitage undertook a logistics lift to Bermuda and Sydney and Halifax Nova Scotia and in the fall took part until late November in the Navy-Marine Corps peacetime exercise "Steel Pike I " visiting ports of Malaga and Gibraltar. In June 1965 she participated in a 3-month deployment to the Caribbean area during the later stages of the Dominican Republic crisis making practice amphibious landings at Vieques Island. After completion of overhaul in February 1966 followed by refresher training and amphibious training Hermitage transported a marine battalion to the Caribbean in May. Through 1967 she continued in her assignment to the Atlantic Fleet.

Hermitage was decommissioned 02 October 1989. She ws transferred to the Brazilian Navy as Ceara the same day

[Note: The above USS HERMITAGE (LSD-34) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS HERMITAGE (LSD-34) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]