By Betsy Thorpe
Nashville returns from final deployment
Published : Friday, 12 Jun 2009, 1:21 PM EDT
United States Navy
NORFOLK, Va. – The amphibious transport dock USS Nashville (LPD 13) returned home to Naval Station Norfolk from its final deployment Friday. It’s now slated for decommissioning.
On its last deployment, which started January 15, the Nashville served as the Africa Partnership Station (APS) for the U.S. Africa Command in the U.S. Sixth Fleet Area of Responsibility. Its mission was to conduct theater security cooperation and maritime partnership training throughout the Gulf of Guinea and West Africa.
According to a statement last week from Sixth Fleet’s Deputy Commander Rear Adm. Joe Leidig, Nashville sailors’ “exceptional dedication and bold initiative significantly improved Africa partner nation capabilities through joint maritime and expeditionary training events, infrastructure improvement, strategic communication, and community outreach programs.”
The Navy says the ship also conducted numerous community outreach engagements by providing medical and dental care to more than 5,000 people, performing dozens of musical events, and participating in sporting events. Leidig said those efforts “made an everlasting positive impression on the citizens of numerous African nations and unquestionably set a new standard by which all future deployers will be judged.”
Commissioned February 14, 1970, the 39-year-old Nashville will be decommissioned in a ceremony at Naval Station Norfolk on September.