Navy decommissions Norfolk
// Its massive gray hull stripped "Anaboliset Aineet" of radars and electrical equipment "Anabolika Definition" served as backdrop to the festivities, which seemed to be a cross between a retirement ceremony and a funeral.
Vice Adm. Peter Daly, the deputy commander of the Navy's Fleet Forces Command, lauded the Nassau's service and the role that amphibious ships, or gators, play today. The Nassau, a Tarawa class vessel, carried a crew of about 900 and could hold 1,900 Marines. Its flight deck launched AV 8B Harriers and V 22 Osprey tilt rotor aircraft and its operations ranged from cruising off Lebanon after the bombing of a Marine barracks Comprar Levitra in Beirut to the evacuation "Oxandrolone Powder India" of civilians from Albania to service in both Persian Gulf wars.
"A ship is a piece of cold steel that is brought to life by her crew," Daly said, acknowledging hundreds of former crew members gathered in a misty chill.
"You've chipped, you've painted, you've cooked, you've cleaned. You always came through."
Capt. Samuel Norton, the Nassau's final commanding officer, spoke the words that ended the ship's naval service. After noting the vessel had been "stripped of everything but memories that linger in the Buy Anadrol Cheap passageways," Norton ordered his crew to "secure the last watch and haul down the colors."
The vessel will be towed to Beaumont, Texas, and placed in the Navy's reserve fleet.
Andy Bell and his buddies, enginemen assigned to the ship when it was commissioned in Mississippi in July 1979, found it hard to believe the Nassau's service is done. The enginemen from the assault division were some of 200 plus members of the original crew "plank owners," in Navy parlance at the decommissioning.
Bell lives in Norfolk and hosted former shipmates from Minnesota, Indiana and Wisconsin. They were teenagers and 20 somethings when the Nassau was commissioned. Back then, women couldn't serve on warships, sailors were allowed to grow beards, the Vietnam Dianabol Liver Protection War was a fresh memory and the commander in chief, Jimmy Carter, had served as a Navy submariner.
"It's really something to see this, after being there for the commissioning," Bell said.
The men reminisced about swim calls in the Nassau's flooded well deck.
Dave Deca Durabolin For Sale Canada Smith, who came from Lakeville, Minn., sported the same pair of black dress shoes he wore with his "crackerjack" uniform on commissioning day. The two events couldn't have been more different, he said: The 1979 ceremony was long, with crew members and guests passing out in the Mississippi summer heat.
"This was nice compared to the commissioning ceremony, which seemed to go on for days," he said.
His buddy, Richard Hulbert of Oshkosh, Wis., said his fondest memories from the Nassau were Easter sunrise services on the ship's forward missile "4-chlorodehydromethyltestosterone Ireland" launcher, above the flight deck.
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