Liberty Call

Santo Domingo

The Hermitage was part of the Amphibious Fleet, called the "Gators" operating out of the Naval Amphibious Base at Little Creek, Norfolk, Virginia.

About three times a year we had exercises in the Caribbean. Training sites were Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (GTMO), Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico, and Vieques, Puerto Rico. Liberty calls included San Juan, Puerto Rico, Saint Thomas and Saint Croix, in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Antigua, Curacao, Colon, Panama, Baranquilla, Colombia, Ocho Rios, Jamaica, and Freeport, Bahamas. We also did a trip to Bermuda.

From November 1970 through May 1971, we were attached to the Mediterranean Fleet. Liberty calls included Barcellona, Spain, Genoa, Livorno and Naples, Italy, Athens, Greece, Mersin, Turkey, and Toulon and Golfe Juan, France.