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USS Hermitage (LSD-34)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Romeo - Victor - Foxtrot
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon - Navy Unit Commendation
Second Row - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation (2) - Navy Battle "E" Ribbon - Navy Expeditionary Medal (2-Cuba, 2-Lebanon)
Third Row - National Defense Service Medal - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (2-Congo, 1-Cuba, 2-Dominican Republic) - Vietnam Service Medal (1)
Fourth Row - Humanitarian Service Medal (1-Guatemalan Earthquake, 1-Beirut Lebanon Evacuation) - Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

USS Hermitage (LSD-34) was sold to Brazil, renamed Ceara (G-30)
Thomaston Class Dock Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 4 November 1955, at Ingalls Shipbuilding Corp., Pascagoula, MS.
  • Launched, 21 June 1956
  • Commissioned USS Hermitage (LSD-34), 14 December 1956, CAPT. Leonard A. Parker in command
  • During the Vietnam War USS Hermitage participated in the following campaign:

    Vietnam War Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase III
    3 to 14 June 1967
    30 June to 17 August 1967
    30 August to 10 September 1967
    9 October to 10 November 1967
  • Decommissioned, 2 October 1989
  • Transferred (on loan) to Brazil, renamed Ceara (G-30)
  • Sold outright to Brazil and struck from the Naval Register, 24 January 2001
    Displacement 8,899 t.(lt), 11,525 t(fl)
    Length 510'
    Beam 84'
    Draft 19'
    Speed 21 kts.
    Complement 304
    Troop Accommodations 300
    Armament (as built)
    eight twin 3"/50 dual purpose gun mounts
    six twin 20mm AA gun mounts
    Boat Capacity (Well Deck) 21 LCM(6)s
    Aircraft up 8 helicopters
    two steam turbines
    two propellers, 23,000shp

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    Hermitage 70k USS Hermitage (LSD-34) underway, date and location unknown. Eric Keller USS Hermitage web site
    Hermitage 31k USS Hermitage (LSD-34) underway in Hampton Roads off NAB Little Creek, date unknown. Note the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel in the background. Contributed by Mark Slebodnik
    Courtesy Eric Keller USS Hermitage web site
    Hermitage 79k USS Hermitage (LSD-34) underway, circa 1957-1960, location unknown. CDR. Louis D. Chirillo USN Ret
    Hermitage 329k Overhead view of USS Hermitage (LSD-34) underway, 27 January 1961, probably in San Francisco Bay.
    US Navy photo from the collections of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.
    Darryl Baker
    Hermitage 48k USS Hermitage (LSD-34) pierside, Naval Station Rota Spain, date unknown. Photo by Manolo Budiņo
    Hermitage 104k USS Hermitage (LSD-34) underway in Valletta Harbor, Malta, 1964. Note UH-34D Seahorse helicopter aboard.
    Photo courtesy A. & J, Pavia..
    Robert Hurst
    Hermitage 93k Amphibious Group at sea, 17 April 1964. The ships are USS Hermitage (LSD-34) in left foreground, USS Francis Marion (APA-249) in center, USS Plymouth Rock (LSD-29) in the left rear and USS Yancey (AKA-93) in the right rear. Three UH-34 helicopters are flying in formation over Francis Marion. Photo was received from USS Francis Marion in 1964.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo #: NH 85059
    Robert Hurst
    Hermitage 133k USS Hermitage (LSD-34) underway, date and location unknown. Diana Gabler to honor her brother Raymond Aaron Horney Jr.USS Hermitage 1979-81
    Hermitage 249k USS Hermitage (LSD-34) underway at Genoa, Italy, 31 December 1970 Photo by Carol Martinelli
    Hermitage 277k USS Hermitage (LSD-34) departing Genoa, Italy, 6 January 1971. Photo by Carlo Martinelli
    Hermitage 439k USS Hermitage (LSD-34) at anchor, 30 September 1975, in the Kithira Strait, Eastern Mediterranean with other ships of the US Navy Amphibious Ready Group after finishing exercise Deep Express - 75. Photos from the Soviet Kashin class DDG Krasny Krim. Eugene Ivkin
    Hermitage 788k
    Hermitage 210k USS Hermitage (LSD-34) moored at Genoa, Italy, 25 August 1984. Photos by Carlo Martinelli
    Hermitage 304k
    Hermitage 315k
    Hermitage 268k USS Hermitage (LSD-34) departing Genoa, Italy, 20 February 1986. Photo by Carlo Martinelli

    Placque and Additional Ships Patches
    Contributed by Mike Smolinski
    Contributed by USS Hermitage web site
    Contributed by Mike Smolinski

    For more photos and information about USS Hermitage, see:
  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
  • USS Hermitage (LSD-34)
  • Solant Amity One Goodwill Tour to Africa November 1960
  • Commanding Officers

  • Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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