CHRONOLOGICAL SUMMARY OF COMMAND HISTORY 1971

1.  November 1970-May 1971 - HERMITAGE deployed to Mediterranean as part of MED 2-70, the amphibious group assigned to SIXTH Fleet for operations.

2.  11 February - 2 March - Anchored off Navplion, Greece conducting amphibious landings and support operations.

3.  5 - 18 March - Anchored off Carboneras, Spain conducting amphibious operations.

5.  1 - 9 April - Anchored off Golfe Juan, France for leave and liberty.

6.  15 - 24 April - Moored at Livorno, Italy for liberty and snail decontamination.

7.  7 May - Arrival Little Creek, Virginia.

8.  7 May - 7 June - 50 per cent leave, upkeep period.

9.  7 June - 6 July - Predeployment TAV and upkeep.

10.  6 July - 6 August - HERMITAGE deployed to Caribbean area as part of Caribbean Ready Group (CARIB 1-71).

11.  11 - 15 July - Operations vicinity Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

13.  17 July - Arrival Panama Canal Zone.  Embarked units conduct jungle operations.

14.  23 -28 July - Inport Panama Canal Zone for liberty.

15.  31 July - 1 August - Inport Ocho Rios, Jamaica for liberty.

16.  6 August - Arrival Little creek, Virginia.  

17.  6 August 9 9 September - Leave and upkeep homeport.

18.  7 September - Change of Command Ceremony.  Captain D. F. RYDER relieved by Commander H. T. WALSH, Jr.

19  9 September - Underway for Caribbean area as unit of Caribbean Ready Group (CARIB 1-71).

20.  10-16 September - Conduct various amphibious operations Moorehead City, N.C. and underway.

21.  17 September - Commence Escort Tiger Exercise vicinity of Vieques Island, P.R.

22.  23 September - 1 October - Inport San Juan, P.R. for upkeep and liberty.

23.  4 - 6 October - Inport Willemstad, Curacao for liberty.

24.  6 October - Underway for Vieques Island with Dutch Marines embarked and in company with Dutch destroyers.

25.  15 - 18 October - Inport San Juan, P.R. for liberty.

26.  18 October - Underway for Willemstad, Curacao to disembark Dutch Marine personnel, and air gunshoot.

27.  28 October - Arrival Little Creek, Virginia.

28.  28 October - 28 December - Caribbean Ready Group inport Little Creek for upkeep and liberty.

29.  28  December - Relieved from Caribbean Ready Group Status

30.  28 December - 7 February - Inport Little Creek.  TAV and upkeep period.

31.  7 -11 February - Reserve indoctrination cruise to Onslow Beach, N.C. for amphibious operations.

32.  11 February - 11 March - Inport Little Creek.  TAV and upkeep period.

33.  28 February - 2 March - INSURV Inspection

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NARRATIVE -- SPECIAL TOPICS

1.  During MED 2-70 HERMITAGE took part in a large number of amphibious operations designed to maintain a high degree of operational readiness. Numerous individual and unit citations were received by HERMITAGE and her personnel as a result of excellence in operations in the Mediterranean.

2,  After eight weeks in port in Norfolk, Virginia, HERMITAGE sailed for a four week period as part of the Caribbean Ready Group.  During the period 11-15 July, operations conducted off Guantanamo Bay, Cuba included an underway launch of amphibious vehicles, gunshoots, two landings, and operations BLOCKEX and FAMEX.  During the Panama Canal Zone period, jungle training was conducted for the training of embarked and ship's personnel. While inport in Barranquilla, Colombia, hospitalities were exchanged between U.S. and Colombian Navy Officers in the form of parties and ship tours.

3. HERMITAGE received the following Department Excellence awards during fiscal year 1972:  the Amphibious Assault Award, and the Operations Award.

4.  On 7 September 1971 Admiral ZUMWALT's policy of assigning younger, more junior officers to command of selected Navy ships was implemented when CDR H. T. WALSH, Jr. relieved CAPT D. F. RYDER as Commanding Officer.


5.  On 9 September, HERMITAGE sailed on a seven week cruise again as a unit of Caribbean Ready Group.  Operation Escort Tiger, during which numerous landing and quarantine exercises were accomplished, was a highlight of this cruise.

6.  Tours were offered whenever available during 1971, and were received, in general, with enthusiasm by the crew.

PORT............................................TOUR
Naples, Italy..................................Rome, Pompeii, Florence
Golfe Juan, France........................Garmisch, Paris, Riviera
Livorno, Italy.................................Florence, Pisa, Venice
Panama..........................................Panama City and Canal

7.  Number and unit designation of troops carried during reporting period.

MED 2-70           Number Personnel

Marines               89
ACU-2                28
ACB-2                  8
BMU-2                15
UDT-21               15

CARIB READY GROUP

Marine 2nd Batt. C.H.           82
ACB-2                                 7
ACU-2                                 30
UDT-21 (CARIB 1-71)         23
UDT-22 (CARIB 2-72)          24
BMU-2                                   23

Dutch Personnel Carried 6 OCT - 20 OCT 191

Royal Netherlands Marines          33
Royal Netherlands UDT               6


From scrapbook compiled by Michael Sheehy. Courtesy of C.J. and Julene DeHart.


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