USS NASHVILLE LPD 13
March 4, 2003 USS Nashville departed Naval Station Norfolk for a scheduled deployment, with the USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) Amphibious Ready Group and 26th MEU, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
October 1, USS Nashville, along with USS Iwo Jima and USS Carter Hall (LSD 50), pulled to Naval Station Rota, Spain, after spending two months off the coast of Liberia, providing peacekeeping support in the Capital city of Monrovia. The ships moored in Rota to conduct an equipment wash-down, and take some much-needed liberty before getting underway.
October 24, LPD 13 returned to Norfolk after nearly a eight-month underway period in support of Global War on Terrorism. During the deployment, all three ships in the ARG deployed Marines in Iraq. The ARG's support of operations in Iraq was cut short in August, when they were ordered from the gulf to Monrovia, Liberia to support peacekeeping efforts. Once there, the 26th MEU/SOC provided a stabilizing presence, which allowed multinational forces from other Western African countries to come in and handle the problem so humanitarian operations could be conducted. Elements of the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit began to land in Monrovia on August 14, 2003. This was a Quick Reaction Force, comprised of Marines from the 1st Battalion, 8th marines.
April 25, 2005 The amphibious transport dock ship pulled to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to participate in Fleet Week 2005.
May 25, USS Nashville departed Norfolk, with the USS Saipan Expeditionary Strike Group, under the Fleet Response Plan (FRP), in support of the Global War on Terrorism.
June 28, LPD 13, commanded by Capt. Dennis Watson, joined with allied forces from Britain, Spain, France, Italy, Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria in joint exercise Barbary Thunder. The exercise is designed to give the U.S. and allied forces an opportunity to train together and develop productive relationships through diverse maritime training scenarios. It also focuses on developing the collective proficiencies of maritime multinational interoperability, information sharing and promoting friendship.
July 20, USS Nashville pulled to Souda Bay, Crete, Greece, for a scheduled port visit.
July 26, Approximately 1,200 U.S. Sailors and Marines kicked off a series of naval training engagements with forces from Bulgaria, Georgia, Romania, Turkey, and Ukraine in the Black Sea July 23. U.S. assets deployed to the Black Sea include USS Nashville, USS Mahan (DDG 72), and air assets assigned to Task Force 67.
August 25, LPD 13 returned to Norfolk after completing a three-month surge deployment in support of the Global War on Terrorism.
October 22, Three Norfolk-based amphibious ships will get underway today, headed for the south Florida region in the event assistance is needed if Hurricane Wilma strikes land there. USS Wasp (LHD 1), USS Trenton (LPD 14) and USS Nashville are making preparations to load humanitarian relief supplies. The Department of Defense (DoD) is making prudent preparations for Hurricane Wilma. When requested by the primary federal agency and approved by the Secretary of Defense (SECDEF), DoD may provide unique assets to assist in rescue and recovery efforts.
January 24, 2006 The Navy’s Unmanned Aerial System program office, and the Vertical Takeoff and Landing Tactical Unmanned Air Vehicle (VTUAV) Program completed a major developmental milestone as the VTUAV system completed nine autonomous landings aboard USS Nashville. One air vehicle performed the initial tests with three landings Jan. 16, and a second air vehicle was launched Jan. 17 to complete the testing. This is the first time a major defense autonomous UAV acquisition program has completed a landing aboard a fleet vessel.
February 14, Five ships, including USS Nashville, one submarine and nearly 3,500 Sailors and Marines from the USS Iwo Jima ESG successfully completed their ESG Integrated Training (ESGINT) exercises, while operating in Onslow Bay, N.C. ESGINT is the first of three pre-deployment exercises designed to test fundamental capabilities and shipboard interoperability between the strike group vessels and Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) 24, in preparation for the role the ESG will play in fighting the Global War on Terrorism.
April 21, LPD 13, commanded by Capt. Dee L. Mewbourne, departed Norfolk for a daylong friends and family day cruise.
June 6, USS Nashiville departed Naval Station Norfolk, with the USS Iwo Jima Expeditionary Strike Group, for six months to conduct maritime security operations in support of the Global War on Terrorism.
June 29, The amphibious transport dock ship pulled to Souda Bay, Crete, for a routine port visit.
July 4, USS Iwo Jima Expeditonary Strike Group transited the Suez Canal to relieve USS Peleliu on her duty in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. The ESG will conduct maritime security operations (MSO) throughout the region and support further tasking from the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM).
July 19, LPD 13 arrived in Cyprus and will join the assist in the authorized departure of American citizens from Lebanon. The U.S. Embassy in Lebanon has requested military assistance to help American citizens who wish to depart Lebanon to leave in a secure and orderly manner. Commander, Task Force 59, Marine Brig. Gen. Carl Jensen, is in Cyprus directing military efforts to provide support to the Embassy.
August 20, USS Nashville and USS Iwo Jima transited the Suez Canal to return to the Persian Gulf. As part of Commander, Task Force 59, both ships, and Marines assigned to the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit SOC provided crucial departure assistance to American citizens in Lebanon looking to leave the troubled region
September 15, LPD 13 is currently operating in the Persian Gulf in support of maritime security operations and Operation Iraqi Freedom.
November 8, USS Iwo Jima ESG successfully transited the Suez Canal, concluding operations in the U.S. Naval Forces Central Command/U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations (AoO).
December 6, USS Nashville returned to Norfolk after a scheduled six-month deployment.
August 24, 2007 LPD 13 departed for the first at-sea group exercise, as part of USS Nassau (LHA 4) ESG, in preparation for next year's deployment with the 24th MEU.
September 29, The amphibious transport dock ship is currently in the Atlantic Ocean conducting Expeditionary Strike Group Integration exercise (ESGINT).
December 15, USS Nashville retuned to homeport after completing a 17-day Composite Unit Training Exercise (COMPTUEX).
February 20, 2008 USS Nashville departed Norfolk for a scheduled deployment with the Nassau ESG.
March 6, LPD 13 departed Rota, Spain, after a three-day port visit.
April 2, Capt. Tushar R. Tembe relieved Capt. DeWolfe H. Miller as 27th CO of USS Nashville, during a change of command ceremony aboard the ship in Mediterranean.
April 15, Sailors aboard the amphibious transport dock ship Nashville visited the port of Souda Bay, Crete, and the nearby city of Chania, April 8-14, as part of Exercise Phoenix Express 2008 (PE 08). This year, 12 countries are participating in PE 08, including the United States, Spain, Portugal, Algeria, Greece, Morocco, Tunisia, Mauritania, Malta, France, Italy, and Turkey.
April 28, The amphibious transport dock recently departed Rhodes, Greece, after a scheduled port call.
June 17, USS Nashville pulled to Haifa, Israel, for a port visit.
July 11, LPD 13 returned to homeport after a nearly five-month underway period in support of Maritime Security Operations (MSO).
January 15, 2009 USS Nashville departed Naval Station Norfolk for its last deployment, before decommissioning in September, to participate in Africa Partnership Station.
January 25, The amphibious transport dock pulled to Rota, Spain, for a scheduled port visit.
February 3, USS Nashville, along with its embarked Destroyer Squadron 60 and international staff, arrived in Dakar, Senegal, for the in-country kickoff of Africa Partnership Station Nashville.
February 20, LPD 13 arrived in Sekondi, Ghana, for a scheduled port visit.
March 17, The Nashville pulled to Lagos, Nigeria, for its third African port visit.
April 1, USS Nashville arrived in Limbe, Cameroon, to conduct a two-week port visit as part of the ongoing Africa Partnership Station (APS) initiative.
April 15, The amphibious transport dock anchored off the coast of Libreville, Gabon, for a five-day port call, before departing for 12-day port visit to Port Gentil.
May 9, LPD 13 pulled to Dakar again, for the final African port visit as part of the ongoing APS initiative.
May 29, The Nashville arrived in Rota, Spain, for Africa Partnership Station 2010 planning conferences before returning home.
June 12, USS Nashville returned to Norfolk after a five-month underway period in the 6th Fleet Area of Responsibility (AoR).
September 30, USS Nashville (LPD 13) was decommissioned during a ceremony at Naval Station Norfolk. The ship will be towed to the Naval Inactive Ships Maintenance Facility in Philadelphia where it will be retained in ready reserve.