Amphibious Assault Ship

LHA 4  -  USS Nassau

 

 

LHA-4 USS Nassau patch crest insignia

LHA-4 USS Nassau Tarawa class amphibious assault ship US Navy

Type, Class:

 

Amphibious Assault Ship (General Purpose) - LHA; Tarawa - class

planned and built as LHA 4

Builder:

 

Ingalls Shipbuilding, Pascagoula, Mississippi, USA

STATUS:

 

Awarded: November 6, 1970

Laid down: August 13, 1973

Launched: January 21, 1978

Commissioned: July 28, 1979

Decommissioned: March 31, 2011

Fate: in reserve - Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Beaumont, Texas

Homeport:

 

-

Namesake:

 

Named after and in honor of the Battle of Nassau, Bahamas (March 3 - 4, 1776)

> see history, below;

Ship's Motto:

 

PRIMA AB MARE  ‘first from the sea’

Technical Data:

(Measures, Propulsion,

Armament, Aviation, etc.)

 

see: INFO > Tarawa class Amphibious Assault Ship - LHA

LINK :

 

see also: Special Report / USS Nassau (LHA-4) - port visit in Rijeka/ Croatia - April 2001

 

ship images

 

LHA-4 USS Nassau Tarawa class amphibious assault ship US Navy

Atlantic Ocean - November 2010

 

LHA-4 USS Nassau

Atlantic Ocean - November 2010

 

LHA-4 USS Nassau Norfolk 2010

Norfolk, Virginia - November 2010

 

USS Nassau LHA-4 Norfolk 2010

Norfolk, Virginia - August 2010

 

LHA-4 USS Nassau

Norfolk, Virginia - August 2010

 

LHA-4 USS Nassau Atlantic Ocean 2010

Atlantic Ocean - August 2010

 

LHA-4 USS Nassau 5th Fleet AOR 2010

5th Fleet AOR - June 2010

 

LHA-4 USS Nassau

5th Fleet AOR - June 2010

 

USS Nassau LHA-4

5th Fleet AOR - June 2010

 

LHA-4 USS Nassau LCAC operations

5th Fleet AOR - May 2010

 

LHA-4 USS Nassau LCAC-67

Off Djibouti - April 2010

 

LHA-4 USS Nassau replenishment

5th Fleet AOR - June 2010

 

LHA-4 USS Nassau Suez Canal 2010

Suez Canal - February 2010

 

LHA-4 USS Nassau Mediterranean Sea 2010

Mediterranean Sea - February 2010

 

LHA-4 USS Nassau off Haiti 2010

Off Haiti - February 2010

 

USS Nassau LHA-4 off Haiti

Off Haiti - February 2010

 

LHA-4 USS Nassau Haiti

Off Haiti - February 2010

 

LHA-4 USS Nassau Haiti February 2010

Off Haiti - February 2010

 

LHA-4 USS Nassau MV-22B Osprey Caribbean Sea 2010

MV-22B Osprey’s aboard USS Nassau - Caribbean Sea - January 2010

 

LHA-4 USS Nassau Caribbean Sea 2010

Caribbean Sea - January 2010

 

USS Nassau LHA-4 Caribbean Sea 2010

Caribbean Sea - January 2010

 

LHA-4 USS Nassau LCAC Caribbean Sea

Caribbean Sea - January 2010

 

USS Nassau LHA-4 LCAC well deck

Caribbean Sea - January 2010

 

MV-2B Osprey on the flight deck of USS Nassau LHA-4

MV-22B Osprey on the flight deck - Caribbean Sea - January 2010

 

LHA-4 USS Nassau

Norfolk, Virginia - January 2010

 

LHA-4 USS Nassau MV-22B Osprey

MV-22B Ospreys on the flight deck of USS Nassau (LHA-4) - Atlantic Ocean - December 2009

 

LHA-4 USS Nassau Atlantic Ocean 2009

Atlantic Ocean - December 2009

 

USS Nassau LHA-4

Atlantic Ocean - October 2009

 

LHA-4 USS Nassau AV-8B Harrier II and CH-53E Super Stallion

AV-8B Harrier II and CH-53E Super Stallion on the flight deck - Atlantic Ocean - October 2009

 

USS Nassau LHA-4 AV-8B Harrier II

Atlantic Ocean - October 2009

 

LHA-4 USS Nassau BAE Systems Norfolk Virginia

Norfolk, Virginia - February 2009

 

LHA-4 USS Nassau ITS Salvatore Todaro S-526 New York 2008

USS Nassau (LHA-4) and Italian Navy Submarine ITS Salvatore Todaro (S-526) - New York - October 2008

 

LHA-4 USS Nassau New York

New York - October 2008

 

LHA-4 USS Nassau New York 2008

New York - October 2008

 

USS Nassau LHA-4 Virginia Beach 2008

Virginia Beach, Virginia - September 2008

 

LHA-4 USS Nassau LCU-1656 well deck

Galveston, Texas - September 2008

 

LHA-4 USS Nassau LCU operations well deck

Atlantic Ocean - September 2008

 

USS Nassau LHA-4

Norfolk, Virginia - July 2008

 

LHA-4 USS Nassau

Atlantic Ocean - July 2008

 

LHA-4 USS Nassau and DDG-84 USS Bulkeley Atlantic Ocean 2008

USS Nassau (LHA-4) and USS Bulkeley (DDG-84) - Atlantic Ocean - July 2008

 

LHA-4 USS Nassau flight deck

Atlantic Ocean - July 2008

 

USS Nassau LHA-4 and USS Ross DDG-71

DDG-71 USS Ross and LHA-4 USS Nassau - Atlantic Ocean - July 2008

 

LHA-4 USS Nassau

Atlantic Ocean - July 2008

 

USS Nassau LHA-4 Persian Gulf 2008

Persian Gulf - May 2008

 

LHA-4 USS Nassau Persian Gulf

Persian Gulf - May 2008

 

LHA-4 USS Nassau flight deck view

Persian Gulf - May 2008

 

LHA-4 USS Nassau persian gulf 2008

Persian Gulf - May 2008

 

USS Nassau LHA-4

Persian Gulf - May 2008

 

LHA-4 USS Nassau persian gulf 2008

Persian Gulf - May 2008

 

LHA-4 USS Nassau CVN

Persian Gulf - May 2008

 

LHA-4 USS Nassau Red Sea

Red Sea - April 2008

 

LHA-4 USS Nassau Mediterranean Sea 2008

Mediterranean Sea - April 2008

 

USS Nassau LHA-4 and LCU-1661 mediterranean sea 2008

Mediterranean Sea - April 2008

 

LHA-4 USS Nassau P-76 SPS Infanta Elena F-332 NRP Corte Real Mediterranean Sea 2008

SPS Infanta Elena (P-76), USS Nassau (LHA-4) and NRP Corte Real (F-332) - Mediterranean Sea - April 2008

 

USS Nassau LHA-4

Mediterranean Sea - April 2008

 

LHA-4 USS Nassau mediterranean sea 2008

Mediterranean Sea - April 2008

 

USS Nassau LHA-4 NRP Corte Real F-332

Mediterranean Sea - April 2008

 

LHA-4 USS Nassau

Mediterranean Sea - April 2008

 

LHA-4 USS Nassau F-332 NRP Corte Real

Mediterranean Sea - April 2008

 

USS Nassau LHA-4

Mediterranean Sea - April 2008

 

LHA-4 USS Nassau

Mediterranean Sea - April 2008

 

LHA-4 USS Nassau well deck LCU

Mediterranean Sea - April 2008

 

LHA-4 USS Nassau Souda Bay Crete Greece 2008

Souda Bay, Crete, Greece - April 2008

 

LHA-4 USS Nassau Valletta Malta 2008

Malta - March 2008

 

LHA-4 USS Nassau MV-22B Ospreys

Atlantic Ocean - February 2008

 

LHA-4 USS Nassau DDG

Atlantic Ocean - February 2008

 

USS Nassau LHA-4

Atlantic Ocean - February 2008

 

LHA-4 USS Nassau MV-22B Osprey flight deck

Atlantic Ocean - February 2008

 

LHA-4 USS Nassau DDG-84 USS Bulkeley

Atlantic Ocean - February 2008

 

LHA-4 USS Nassau

Atlantic Ocean - February 2008

 

LHA-4 USS Nassau stern view

Atlantic Ocean - February 2008

 

LHA-4 USS Nassau MV-22B Osprey

Atlantic Ocean - February 2008

 

LHA-4 USS Nassau MV-22B Osprey 2008

Atlantic Ocean - February 2008

 

USS Nassau LHA-4

Norfolk, Virginia - February 2008

 

LHA-4 USS Nassau homeport Norfolk Virginia

Norfolk, Virginia - February 2008

 

USS Nassau LHA-4 AV-8B Harrier II HMM-365 Blue Knights

Atlantic Ocean - December 2007

 

LHA-4 USS Nassau Harrier AV-8B Blue Knights

Atlantic Ocean - November 2007

 

LHA-4 USS Nassau well deck LCU

Atlantic Ocean - November 2007

 

USS Nassau LHA-4

Atlantic Ocean - November 2007

 

LHA-4 USS Nassau flight deck

Atlantic Ocean - November 2007

 

LHA-4 USS Nassau CH-46 Sea Knight

Atlantic Ocean - August 2007

 

USS Nassau LHA-4 CH-53 Super Stallion

Atlantic Ocean - August 2007

 

LHA-4 USS Nassau exercise Phoenix Express 2007

Exercise PHOENIX EXPRESS 2007 - April 2007

 

LHA-4 USS Nassau Norfolk 2007

Norfolk, Virginia - March 2007

 

LHA-4 USS Nassau

Norfolk, Virginia - March 2007

 

LHA-4 USS Nassau AV-8B Harrier II

Atlantic Ocean - March 2007

 

USS Nassau LHA-4 SH-60 Seahawk

Atlantic Ocean - February 2007

 

LHA-4 USS Nassau MV-22B Osprey

Atlantic Ocean - February 2007

 

LHA-4 USS Nassau Palma Mallorca Spain

Palma, Spain - April 2006

 

LHA-4 USS Nassau persian gulf 2006

Persian Gulf - February 2006

 

USS Nassau LHA-4 persian gulf 2006

Persian Gulf - February 2006

 

LHA-4 USS Nassau FS Courbet F-712

USS Nassau with French Navy Frigate FS Courbet (F-712) - Persian Gulf - February 2006

 

LHA-4 USS Nassau underway replenishment persian gulf 2005

Persian Gulf - December 2005

 

LHA-4 USS Nassau

Persian Gulf - December 2005

 

USS Nassau LHA-4 persian gulf 2005

Persian Gulf - December 2005

 

LHA-4 USS Nassau Norfolk 2005

Norfolk, Virginia - November 2005

 

USS Nassau LHA-4

Norfolk, Virginia - November 2005

 

LHA-4 USS Nassau

North Carolina - September 2005

 

LHA-4 USS Nassau

Atlantic Ocean - August 2005

 

LHA-4 USS Nassau

Atlantic Ocean - August 2005

 

USS Nassau LHA-4 Pensacola Florida

Pensacola, Florida - May 2005

 

LHA-4 USS Nassau Caribbean Sea 2005

Caribbean Sea - May 2005

 

LHA-4 USS Nassau LCU-1661

Caribbean Sea - May 2005

 

LHA-4 USS Nassau MV-22B Osprey

Atlantic Ocean - March 2005

 

LHA-4 USS Nassau

Atlantic Ocean - February 2005

 

LHA-4 USS Nassau LCU-1661

Atlantic Ocean - February 2005

 

LHA-4 USS Nassau

Norfolk, Virginia - February 2005

 

LHA-4 USS Nassau US Army Apache helicopter gunship

Atlantic Ocean - February 2005

 

LHA-4 USS Nassau AH-64A Apache

US Army AH-64A Apache helicopter aboard USS Nassau - Atlantic Ocean - February 2005

 

LHA-4 USS Nassau combat information center CIC

Norfolk, Virginia - October 2004

 

LHA-4 USS Nassau 25 years 2004

Atlantic Ocean - July 2004

 

USS Nassau LHA-4 coast of Georgia

Coast of Georgia - June 2004

 

LHA-4 USS Nassau CH-46 Sea Knight operation enduring freedom 2003

Operation Enduring Freedom - March 2003

 

USS Nassau LHA-4 CH-46 Sea Knights OEF

Operation Enduring Freedom - March 2003

 

LHA-4 USS Nassau central command AOR

Central Command AOR - February 2003

 

LHA-4 USS Nassau central command AOR 2003

Central Command AOR - February 2003

 

LHA-4 USS Nassau

Norfolk, Virginia - May 2003

 

LHA-4 USS Nassau

Norfolk, Virginia - May 2003

 

LHA-4 USS Nassau CH-46 Sea Knight well deck

Central Command AOR - November 2002

 

USS Nassau LHA-4 well deck 2002

Central Command AOR - November 2002

 

LHA-4 USS Nassau AV-8B Harrier II HMM-263

AV-8B Harriers assigned to HMM-263 (REIN) - Central Command AOR - November 2002

 

LHA-4 USS Nassau deck crane

January 2002

 

LHA-4 USS Nassau AV-8B Harrier II

Mediterranean Sea - April 1999

 

LHA-4 USS Nassau Harrier operations

Mediterranean Sea - April 1999

 

LHA-4 USS Nassau Norfolk Virginia 1996

Norfolk, Virginia - August 1996

 

USS Nassau LHA-4 Norfolk 1994

Norfolk, Virginia - May 1994

 

LHA-4 USS Nassau operation desert shield 1992

Operation Desert Shield - May 1992

 

USS Nassau LHA-4 desert shield 1992

Desert Shield - April 1992

 

LHA-4 USS Nassau LSD-44 USS Gunston Hall operation desert shield 1992

USS Gunston Hall (LSD-44) and USS Nassau (LHA-4) - Operation Desert Shield - April 1992

 

LHA-4 USS Nassau exercise teamwork 1992 Norway

Exercise TEAMWORK 92 - off Norway - March 1992

 

LHA-4 USS Nassau exercise teamwork 1992 SH-2 Seasprite

a Kaman SH-2 Seasprite helicopter lands on the flight deck during exercise TEAMWORK 92 - March 1992

 

LHA-4 USS Nassau teamwork 1992

Exercise TEAMWORK 92 - March 1992

 

USS Nassau LHA-4 teamwork 1992 Norway

Exercise TEAMWORK 92 - March 1992

 

LHA-4 USS Nassau Norway 1992

Exercise TEAMWORK 92 - March 1992

 

LHA-4 USS Nassau

Atlantic Ocean, off North Carolina - April 1991

 

LHA-4 USS Nassau off North Carolina 1991

Atlantic Ocean, off North Carolina - April 1991

 

USS Nassau LHA-4 desert shield 1991

DESERT SHIELD - February 1991

 

LHA-4 USS Nassau desert shield 1991

DESERT SHIELD - February 1991

 

USS Nassau LHA-4 1991

DESERT SHIELD - February 1991

 

LHA-4 USS Nassau desert shield 1991

DESERT SHIELD - January 1991

 

USS Nassau

DESERT SHIELD - December 1990

 

LHA-4 USS Nassau

DESERT SHIELD - December 1990

 

USS Nassau LHA-4 1990

DESERT SHIELD - October 1990

 

LHA-4 USS Nassau operation desert shield 1990

DESERT SHIELD - September 1990

 

LHA-4 USS Nassau AV-8B Harrier II

DESERT SHIELD - September 1990

 

LHA-4 USS Nassau 1989

Norfolk, Virginia - November 1989

 

LHA-4 USS Nassau Norfolk 1989

Norfolk, Virginia - November 1989

 

LHA-4 USS Nassau exercise teamwork 1988

Exercise TEAMWORK 88 - September 1988

 

LHA-4 USS Nassau teamwork 1988

Exercise TEAMWORK 88 - September 1988

 

USS Nassau LHA-4 well deck ACU-2 landing craft

June 1987

 

LHA-4 USS Nassau flight deck 1987

June 1987

 

LHA-4 USS Nassau exercise Northern Wedding 1986 Norway

Exercise NORTHERN WEDDING 86 - off Norway - August 1986

 

LHA-4 USS Nassau exercise northern wedding Norway 1986

Exercise NORTHERN WEDDING 86 - off Norway - August 1986

 

USS Nassau LHA-4 exercise northern wedding 1986 norway

Exercise NORTHERN WEDDING 86 - off Norway - August 1986

 

LHA-4 USS Nassau northern wedding 1986

Exercise NORTHERN WEDDING 86 - off Norway - August 1986

 

LHA-4 USS Nassau exercise northern wedding 86

Exercise NORTHERN WEDDING 86 - off Norway - August 1986

 

USS Nassau LHA-4 exercise northern wedding August 1986

Exercise NORTHERN WEDDING 86 - off Norway - August 1986

 

LHA-4 USS Nassau CH-53 Sea Stallion

August 1986

 

LHA-4 USS Nassau Norfolk Virginia 1986

Norfolk, Virginia - August 1986

 

USS Nassau LHA-4 January 1986

Norfolk, Virginia - January 1986

 

LHA-4 USS Nassau

Norfolk, Virginia - January 1986

 

USS Nassau LHA-4 1986

Norfolk, Virginia - January 1986

 

LHA-4 USS Nassau exercise solid shield 1985

Exercise SOLID SHIELD 85 - April 1985

 

USS Nassau LHA-4 exercise ahuas tara II 1984

Training exercise AHUAS TARA II - July 1984

 

USS Nassau LHA-4 exercise AHUAS TARA II 1984

Training exercise AHUAS TARA II - July 1984

 

LHA-4 USS Nassau AH-1 Cobra UH-1 Huey CH-46 Sea Knight

Training exercise AHUAS TARA II - July 1984

 

LHA-4 USS Nassau exercise Ahuas Tara II 1984

Training exercise AHUAS TARA II - July 1984

 

LHA-4 USS Nassau ahuas tara well deck 1984

Training exercise AHUAS TARA II - July 1984

 

USS Nassau LHA-4 exercise ahuas tara II 1984

Training exercise AHUAS TARA II - July 1984

 

LHA-4 USS Nassau fires a RIM-7 Sea Sparrow from Mk-25 missile launcher

A RIM-7 Sea Sparrow was launched from a Mk-25 missile launcher during a live fire exercise - May 1984

 

LHA-4 USS Nassau basic point defense missile system RIM-7 Sea Sparrow Mk-25 launcher

A RIM-7 Sea Sparrow was launched from a Mk-25 missile launcher during a live fire exercise - May 1984

 

LHA-4 USS Nassau Mk-25 missile launcher BPMDS RIM-7 Sea Sparrow

A RIM-7 Sea Sparrow was launched from a Mk-25 missile launcher during a live fire exercise - May 1984

 

USS Nassau LHA-4 RIM-7 Sea Sparrow Mk-25 missile launcher basic point missile defense system BPMDS

A RIM-7 Sea Sparrow was launched from a Mk-25 missile launcher during a live fire exercise - May 1984

 

LHA-4 USS Nassau 1983

November 1983

 

LHA-4 USS Nassau

November 1983

 

USS Nassau LHA-4 Norfolk 1983

Norfolk, Virginia - October 1983

 

USS Nassau LHA-4 OV-10A Bronco 1983

OV-10A Bronco aboard USS Nassau - January 1983

 

LHA-4 USS Nassau OV-10A Bronco

January 1983

 

LHA-4 USS Nassau OV-10A Bronco 1983

January 1983

 

LHA-4 USS Nassau OV-10A Bronco flight test

January 1983

 

LHA-4 USS Nassau OV-10A Bronco

OV-10A Bronco taking off from the flight deck - January 1983

 

USS Nassau LHA-4 OV-10A Bronco 1983

January 1983

 

LHA-4 USS Nassau AV-8A Harrier VMA-231

AV-8A Harrier assigned to VMA-231 - October 1982

 

 

USS Nassau LHA-4 Norfolk 1982

Norfolk, Virginia - May 1982

 

LHA-4 USS Nassau AV-8A Harrier take off

AV-8A Harrier taking off from the flight deck of USS Nassau (LHA-4) - April 1982

 

USS Nassau LHA-4 AV-8A Harrier 1982

April 1982

 

LHA-4 USS Nassau AV-8A Harrier

April 1982

 

LHA-4 USS Nassau AV-8A Harrier launch 1982

April 1982

 

AV-8A Harrier take off LHA-4 USS Nassau

April 1982

 

USS Nassau LHA-4 combat information center CIC

Combat Information Center (CIC) aboard USS Nassau (LHA-4) - April 1982

 

LHA-4 USS Nassau combat information center CIC 1982

Combat Information Center (CIC) - April 1982

 

LHA-4 USS Nassau CIC combat information center

Combat Information Center (CIC) - April 1982

 

USS Nassau Tarawa class combat information center CIC

Combat Information Center (CIC) - April 1982

 

USS Nassau LHA-4 AV-8A Harrier 1982

April 1982

 

LHA-4 USS Nassau AV-8A Harrier UH-1 Huey Mk-25 missile launcher

1982

 

USS Nassau launches a AV-8A Harrier

 

 

AV-8A Harrier US Marine Corps aboard USS Nassau LHA-4

 

 

LHA-4 USS Nassau AV-8A Harriers on the flight deck

 

 

USS Nassau LHA-4 fires a Mk-45 gun

USS Nassau (LHA-4) fires one of her Mk-45 guns

 

LHA-4 USS Nassau

 

 

USS Nassau LHA-4 April 1982

April 1982

 

LHA-4 USS Nassau fires a RIM-7 Sea Sparrow from Mk-25 missile launcher

a RIM-7 Sea Spoarrow was fired from a Mk-25 launcher - circa 1982

 

LHA-4 USS Nassau

 

 

LHA-4 USS Nassau

 

 

USS Nassau LHA-4

 

 

USS Nassau LHA-4

 

 

AV-8A Harriers aboard LHA-4 USS Nassau

AV-8A Harriers aboard USS Nassau (LHA-4)

 

 

Nassau, New Providence Island, Commonwealth of the Bahamas (25°03'36" N / 77°20'42" W)

 

Nassau New Providence Island Bahamas map

 

 

Namesake & History:

The Battle of Nassau (March 3 - 4, 1776):

 

The Battle of Nassau (March 2 - March 3, 1776) was a naval action and amphibious assault by American forces against British-occupied Nassau, Bahamas during the American Revolutionary War. It is considered the first cruise and one of the first engagements of the United States Navy, and the first action of the newly - created Continental Marines, the progenitor of the United States Marine Corps. It is sometimes known as the Raid of Nassau.


Battle:

Under the command of Fleet Captain or Commodore Esek Hopkins of Rhode Island, a task force of four ships, including Hornet, Alfred, and Wasp, rallied near Great Abaco Island, north of the Island of New Providence, on March 1, 1776. The force captured two sloops owned by Loyalists and pressed their owners to serve as pilots.

On March 2, the force approached Nassau, sending ashore a raiding party of 230 Continental Marines and 50 sailors under the command of Captain Samuel Nicholas, the first commissioned officer in the Continental Marines. The force captured nearby Fort Montague but were repulsed in their assault on Fort Nassau.

On March 3, a landing was again attempted, and this time the Marines captured Nassau without a fight, seizing a sizable store of 103 cannon, mortars and munitions. Much of the precious gunpowder stores that were the target of the raid had been evacuated after the failed raid on March 2.

It marked the first instance in American military history that forces responded to the equivalent modern command of "Land the landing force."

On March 17, the fleet sailed for Block Island Channel off Newport, Rhode Island, with Montfort Browne, Lieutenant Governor of the Bahamas, as a prisoner. Browne was later exchanged for American general William Alexander.

 

USS Nassau (LHA 4):

 

The modern day USS NASSAU was commissioned in 1979 as the fourth of the Navy's TARAWA-class general-purpose amphibious assault ships. For more than 25 years NASSAU has been an example of excellence and dedication.

In the era framed by Operations DESERT SHIELD/STORM and September 11, 2001, NASSAU continually proved adept at responding rapidly to each and every call and order.

In support of Operations DESERT SHIELD/STORM, NASSAU deployed to the Middle East for over eight months on only eight days notice. Upon leaving the United States, NASSAU became the Flagship for Commander, Amphibious Task Force and the 4th MEB's Commanding General.

NASSAU was honored during this deployment when President George H. W. Bush selected NASSAU as the site for a special Thanksgiving Day meal with Sailors and Marines thousands of miles from home. The President was joined by his wife, Barbara Bush, General Norman Schwarzkopf and several influential members of Congress.

NASSAU participated in several more operations throughout the 1990s, including Operations SUPPORT DEMOCRACY, DENY FLIGHT, ALLIED FORCE and NOBLE ANVIL. These operations in support of U.S. foreign policy objectives as well as NASSAU's participation in numerous Navy and joint exercises took NASSAU to numerous locales in the Atlantic, Mediterranean and Adriatic regions, including Haiti, Spain, Morocco, Italy, France, Greece, Israel, Albania, Zaire and Kosovo.
NASSAU's capability as a general-purpose ship has allowed her to flex to the needs of virtually any mission assigned. In addition to her primary role as a Marine transport, NASSAU has served as a flagship, logistics hub for incoming and outgoing mail, cargo and other supplies, combat search and rescue, and the tactical recovery and rescue of downed aircraft and personnel.

NASSAU completed an eight-month midlife complex overhaul at Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, Va., in 2000. While there, NASSAU was named the 1999 Battle "E" winner. At the shipyard, NASSAU's engineering plant was completely revamped and received new state-of-the-art electronic systems.

The morning of September 11, 2001, found NASSAU at Metro Machine in Norfolk, Va., undergoing a brief yard period. In the wake of the tragedy, NASSAU's then Commanding Officer Capt. Russell Tjepkema, a Brooklyn, N.Y. native, reunited with a high school friend with connections to the New York Fire Department, which had suffered great personnel losses as a result of the terrorist attacks. To honor FDNY, Capt. Tjepkema requested a FDNY flag from a New York firehouse for NASSAU to fly while on station during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. Not only did NASSAU receive the flag, but a firefighter's helmet showing the scars of 20 years of service and the patch of a fallen fireman were also included. The FDNY gift has a permanent home on board the ship.

Post 9/11, NASSAU returned to the Mediterranean Sea in 2001 for Exercises ATLAS HINGE and CAPO TEULADO.

In 2002, NASSAU participated in a series of exercises and work ups before deploying in late August.

The first bombing raids on Baghdad began on March 20, 2003, and OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM was underway. Though due to return to the U.S., NASSAU remained on station and provided support to ongoing U.S. operations. NASSAU returned to Norfolk on May 29, completing its longest deployment to date, 277 days, and earning the right to fly the Homeward Bound Pennant on the journey home.

NASSAU returned to Norfolk Naval Shipyard post deployment for an extensive overhaul. The ship was dry-docked to facilitate installation of a new fuel compensating system and to complete hull preservation in addition to regular routine maintenance.

 

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