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|
|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 |
|Crew: Ship: 24 officers, 396 enlisted|
|Marine Detachment: approx. 900|
|Armament: two |
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.
USS NASHVILLE Cruise Books:
Accidents aboard USS NASHVILLE:
|February 23, 1972||Caribbean||USS NASHVILLE and USS SHREVEPORT (LPD 12) are slightly damaged in a collision during exercises in the Caribbean.|
|March 3, 1975||1,000 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.|
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.
USS NASHVILLE Image Gallery:
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.