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USS Nashville (LPD 13)

- decommissioned -


USS NASHVILLE was the tenth ship in the AUSTIN - class of Amphibious Transport Docks and the fifth ship in that class built by Lockheed in Seattle. The NASHVILLE was last homeported in Norfolk, Va.

General Characteristics:Awarded: May 15, 1964
Keel laid: March 14, 1966
Launched: October 7, 1967
Commissioned: February 14, 1970
Decommissioned: September 30, 2009
Builder: Lockheed Shipbuilding Co., Seattle, Wash.
Propulsion system: two boilers, two steam turbines
Propellers: two
Length: 569 feet (173.4 meters)
Beam: 105 feet (32 meters)
Draft: 23 feet (7 meters)
ballasted: 34 feet (10.4 meters)
Displacement: approx. 16,900 tons
Speed: 21 knots
Well deck capacity: one LCAC or one LCU or four LCM-8 or nine LCM-6 or 24 amphibious assault vehicles (AAV)
Aircraft: none, but telescopic hangar installed aboard. The hangar is not used to accommodate helicopters but on the flight deck there is space for up to six CH-46 helicopters.
Crew: Ship: 24 officers, 396 enlisted
Marine Detachment: approx. 900
Armament: two 20mm Phalanx CIWS, two 25mm Mk 38 guns, eight .50-calibre machine guns


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Crew List:

This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USS NASHVILLE. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.


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USS NASHVILLE Cruise Books:


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Accidents aboard USS NASHVILLE:

DateWhereEvents
February 23, 1972CaribbeanUSS NASHVILLE and USS SHREVEPORT (LPD 12) are slightly damaged in a collision during exercises in the Caribbean.
March 3, 19751,000 miles southwest
of the Azores
USS NASHVILLE and USS IWO JIMA (LPH 2) are severely damaged when IWO JIMA loses steering control and rams into the NASHVILLE during a highline transfer.


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About the Ship's Coat of Arms:

The insignia of USS NASHVILLE is centered about the thirteen stars that represent the original thirteen colonies. The stars allude to USS NASHVILLE as the thirteenth of her class of amphibious ships in the United States Navy. Surrounding the blue field and white stars is the gold compass rose from the Seal of the Metropolitan Government of the city of Nashville, Tennessee. This symbolizes the link between the ship and her namesake city.

Flanking the crest are the traditional emblems of the Navy and Marine Corps. Emblazoned on the banner is the motto taken from General Nash's dying words on the battlefield at Germantown: 'From the first dawn of the Revolution I have ever been on the side of liberty and my country'. During the Revolutionary War, Brigadier General Francis Nash, Continental Army, gave his life to ensure the independence of the colonies.



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The photos below were taken by Brian Barton when USS NASHVILLE was at Naval Base Norfolk on July 23, 2002.



The photo below is a 400mm shot from my hotel balcony in Virginia Beach, Va. It shows the NASHVILLE steaming off the coast on November 10, 2008.



The photos below were taken by me and show the NASHVILLE laid up at the former Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, Philadelphia, Penn., on October 26, 2010.



The photos below were taken by Michael Jenning and show the NASHVILLE laid up at the former Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, Philadelphia, Penn., on October 17, 2016.



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