USS Nassau (LHA 4) is named for the Battle of Nassau, the Navy/Marine Corps team's first-ever amphibious landing.
Capt. Esek Hopkins of Rhode Island rallied a task force of four ships near the Bahamas on March 1, 1776. The next day Hopkins sent a raiding party of 230 Marines and 50 Sailors ashore under the command of Capt. Samuel Nicholas, the Continental Marines' first commissioned officer.
On March 3 the Marines captured Nassau without a fight and seized a sizable store of cannon, mortars and munitions. The battle marked the first time American Sailors and Marines responded to the command "Land the landing force."