USS Nashville prepares for final deployment from Norfolk
04:31 PM EST on Tuesday, January 13, 2009
USS Nashville gears up for final deployment
The amphibious transport dock and her crew of more than 400 sailors will leave Naval Station Norfolk Thursday morning for a six-month tour to several African nations — Senegal, Ghana, Cameroon, Nigeria and Gabon.
It’s part of Africa Partnership Station, an international security cooperation initiative led by U.S. Naval Forces Africa.
The program doesn’t focus on stopping piracy but on building the skills and capabilities of African nations so they can make their waters safer and more secure, according to the Navy.
The crew also will distribute medical and humanitarian supplies as part of a larger goodwill effort.
USS Nashville was commissioned on February 14, 1970.
Her decommissioning is set for September.
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