The third U.S. Navy ship to bear the name USS Vermont has been showing the flag and working with allies in South America this month.
“Previous USS Vermont ships include a 74-gun three-masted warship laid down in 1818, but not commissioned until 1862, by which time she was too obsolete to do anything except be a floating warehouse.
The bell from a battleship launched in 1905 is now on display in the Vermont State House. Shortly after she entered service, Vermont joined the Great White Fleet for its circumnavigation of the globe in 1908–1909. Thereafter, the ship became involved in interventions in several Central American countries, including the United States occupation of Veracruz during the Mexican Revolution, where two of her crew earned the Medal of Honor. During the United States' participation in World War I from April 1917 to November 1918, Vermont served as a training ship for engine room personnel. From November 1918 to June 1919, she made a series of trips to return American soldiers from Europe before being decommissioned in June 1920. She was sold for scrap in November 1923 according to the terms of the Washington Naval Treaty.
Vermont is the newest submarine in the US Fleet and is visiting Brazil’s newest submarine base the Itaguaí naval base in the state of Rio de Janeiro. During Vermont’s visit, Brazil will accept three Brazilian built Scorpene-class diesel-electric submarine’s into their fleet: BNS Riachuelo (S40), BNS Humaitá (S41) and BNS Tonelero (S42). While operating in U.S. 4th Fleet, Vermont conducted anti-submarine warfare (ASW) exercises with the Brazilian Navy Submarine Tupi (S30) and maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft.”
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