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USS Hermitage (LSD 34)

- decommissioned -

USS HERMITAGE was the seventh THOMASTON - class dock landing ship. Decommissioned on October 2, 1989, the HERMITAGE was leased to Brazil the same day. There, the ship was recommissioned as CEARA. On January 24, 2001, the ship was finally purchased by Brazil.

General Characteristics:Awarded: October 14, 1954
Keel laid: April 11, 1955
Launched: June 12, 1956
Commissioned: December 14, 1956
Decommissioned: October 2, 1989
Builder: Ingalls Shipbuilding, Pascagoula, Miss.
Propulsion system: two 600 psi boilers, twp geared turbines
Propellers: two
Length: 510 feet (155.5 meters)
Beam: 84 feet (25.6 meters)
Draft: 19 feet (5.8 meters)
Displacement: approx. 11,300 tons full load
Speed: 22 knots
Well deck capacity: three LCU or nine LCM-8 or 50 AAV
Aircraft: helo platform only
Crew: Ship: 18 officers, 330 enlisted
Marine Detachment: approx. 330 Marines
Armament: two dual 3-inch/50-caliber Mk-33 gun mounts

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Crew List:

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

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Accidents aboard USS HERMITAGE:

April 29, 1987300 miles off the Georgia coast
USS LA MOURE COUNTY (LST 1194) collides with the USS HERMITAGE while the ships are practicing a resupply exercise. The HERMITAGE sustains a five-foot hole in its bow stem above the waterline while LA MOURE COUNTY sustains superficial damage to its left side. The CO of LA MOURE COUNTY is relieved pending an investigation of the accident.

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About the Ship's Name:

Hermitage is the name of President Andrew Jackson's famed estate just outside of Nashville, Tenn. Acquired by Jackson in 1788, the land was improved with a series of one floor log cabins by 1805. In 1819 Jackson built on the site a two story brick home with one story wings, one of which extended in the rear to form an ell. Hermitage was razed by fire in 1822 but rebuilt and today stands, a national shrine, exactly as it was when Jackson lived there. The seventh President of the United States died at the Hermitage 8 June 1845.

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