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How to tour the USS Anchorage, and what you'll see

Mike Dunham
The USS Anchorage (LPD 23) takes shape at the Ingall's Shipbuilding Avondale Shipyard in New Orleans, La.
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The coat of arms for the navy's newest landing craft, the USS Anchorage.
COURTESY USS ANCHORAGE COMMISSIONING COMMITTEE
SAN DIEGO, Calif. Crew members of the USS Anchorage (LPD 23) meet their prospective commanding officer, Cmdr. Brian Quin in the command's detachment office June 6. The relatively small crew is currently being assembled while the ship undergoes construction in Avondale, La. by Ingall's Shipbuilding.
MC1(SW) Aramis X. Ramirez
AVONDALE, La. - Sailors assigned to Pre-commissioning Unit Anchorage (LPD 23) in Avondale near New Orleans, La. gathered Aug. 19 for a meet-and-greet picnic with the prospective commanding officer, Cmdr. Brian Quin and the executive officer, Lt. Cmdr. Joel Stewart.
Fire Controlman 2nd Class Michael A. Keller
CHULA VISTA, Calif. - More than 30 Sailors assigned to Pre-commissioning Detachment Anchorage (LPD 23) helped pick up more than 2,000 pounds of trash in the bay area of San Diego and Chula Vista during the 21st Annual Operation Clean Sweep Aug. 27.
MC1(SW) Aramis X. Ramirez
SAN DIEGO, Calif - Two Sailors from Pre-commissioning Detachment Anchorage (LPD 23) joined 30 Sailors from the San Diego area to receive their Chief's anchors at a pinning ceremony Sept. 16 signifying their advancement to the rank of Chief Petty Officer. Chief Information Systems Technician Alberto Navarro and Chief Personnel Specialist Maria Zapata concluded six weeks of pre-advancement training that started in late July.
MC1(SW) Aramis X. Ramirez
SAN DIEGO, Calif - Two Sailors from Pre-commissioning Detachment Anchorage (LPD 23) joined 30 Sailors from the San Diego area to receive their Chief's anchors at a pinning ceremony Sept. 16 signifying their advancement to the rank of Chief Petty Officer. Chief Information Systems Technician Alberto Navarro and Chief Personnel Specialist Maria Zapata concluded six weeks of pre-advancement training that started in late July.
MC1(SW) Aramis X. Ramirez
SAN DIEGO, Calif - Two Sailors from Pre-commissioning Detachment Anchorage (LPD 23) joined 30 Sailors from the San Diego area to receive their Chief's anchors at a pinning ceremony Sept. 16 signifying their advancement to the rank of Chief Petty Officer. Chief Information Systems Technician Alberto Navarro and Chief Personnel Specialist Maria Zapata concluded six weeks of pre-advancement training that started in late July.
MC1(SW) Aramis X. Ramirez
BELLE CHASSE, La (Feb. 17, 2011) Sailors assigned to Pre-commissioning Unit Anchorage (LPD 23) and their families prepare to march in the Plaquedilla Family Mardi Gras Parade held at Naval Air Station New Orleans. The float design was inspired by the USS Constitution to coincide with the paradeÕs ÒWar of 1812Ó theme.
MC1(SW) Aramis X. Ramirez
BELLE CHASSE, La (Feb. 17, 2011) Sailors assigned to Pre-commissioning Unit Anchorage (LPD 23) and their families prepare to march in the Plaquedilla Family Mardi Gras Parade held at Naval Air Station New Orleans. Anchorage is currently under construction at the Huntington Ingalls Industries shipbuilding site in Avondale near New Orleans, La.
MC1(SW) Aramis X. Ramirez
BELLE CHASSE, La (Feb. 17, 2011) Sailors assigned to Pre-commissioning Unit Anchorage (LPD 23) and their families prepare to march in the Plaquedilla Family Mardi Gras Parade held at Naval Air Station New Orleans. The float design was inspired by the USS Constitution to coincide with the paradeÕs ÒWar of 1812Ó theme.
MC1(SW) Aramis X. Ramirez
BELLE CHASSE, La (Feb. 17, 2011) Sailors assigned to Pre-commissioning Unit Anchorage (LPD 23) and their families prepare to march in the Plaquedilla Family Mardi Gras Parade held at Naval Air Station New Orleans. The float design was inspired by the USS Constitution to coincide with the paradeÕs ÒWar of 1812Ó theme.
MC1(SW) Aramis X. Ramirez
BELLE CHASSE, La (Feb. 17, 2011) Sailors assigned to Pre-commissioning Unit Anchorage (LPD 23) and their families prepare to march in the Plaquedilla Family Mardi Gras Parade held at Naval Air Station New Orleans. The float design was inspired by the USS Constitution to coincide with the paradeÕs ÒWar of 1812Ó theme.
MC1(SW) Aramis X. Ramirez
BELLE CHASSE, La (Feb. 17, 2011) Sailors assigned to Pre-commissioning Unit Anchorage (LPD 23) and their families prepare to march in the Plaquedilla Family Mardi Gras Parade held at Naval Air Station New Orleans. The float design was inspired by the USS Constitution to coincide with the paradeÕs ÒWar of 1812Ó theme.
MC1(SW) Aramis X. Ramirez
BELLE CHASSE, La (Feb. 17, 2011) Sailors assigned to Pre-commissioning Unit Anchorage (LPD 23) pose for a photo after winning Best Overall Float in the Plaquedilla Family Mardi Gras Parade held at Naval Air Station New Orleans.
MC1(SW) Aramis X. Ramirez
BELLE CHASSE, La (Feb. 17, 2011) Sailors assigned to Pre-commissioning Unit Anchorage (LPD 23) and their families prepare to march in the Plaquedilla Family Mardi Gras Parade held at Naval Air Station New Orleans. The float design was inspired by the USS Constitution to coincide with the paradeÕs ÒWar of 1812Ó theme.
MC1(SW) Aramis X. Ramirez
Metairie, La. (Feb. 20, 2012) Personnel Specialist 3rd Class Tong Enlet, center, and Boatswain's Mate 2nd Class Bryant Williams, who are assigned to Pre-commissioning Unit Anchorage (LPD 23), wave as they escort "Zeus" in the Krewe of Zeus Parade, one of many family parades celebrating Mardi Gras in New Orleans and the surrounding communities. Anchorage sailors were asked to escort the key parade participants including the queen's carriage, and the "Zeus" float as part of a community partnership program coordinated with event organizers and the Anchorage Family Readiness Group.
MC1(SW) Aramis X. Ramirez
Metairie, La. (Feb. 20, 2012) Hull Technician 1st Class Shad Jones, left, and Engineman 1st Class Terrance McClure, who are assigned to Pre-commissioning Unit Anchorage (LPD 23), wave as they escort the queen's carriage in the Krewe of Zeus Parade, one of many family parades celebrating Mardi Gras in New Orleans and the surrounding communities. Anchorage sailors were asked to escort the key parade participants including the queen's carriage, and the "Zeus" float as part of a community partnership program coordinated with event organizers and the Anchorage Family Readiness Group.
MC1(SW) Aramis X. Ramirez
METAIRIE, LA. (Feb. 20, 2012) Sailors assigned to Pre-commissioning Unit Anchorage (LPD 23) participate in the Krewe of Zeus Parade, one of many family parades celebrating Mardi Gras in New Orleans and the surrounding communities. Anchorage sailors were asked to escort the key parade participants including the queen's carriage, and the "Zeus" float as part of a community partnership program coordinated with event organizers and the Anchorage Family Readiness Group.
MC1(SW) Aramis X. Ramirez
LAFAYETTE, La (April 27, 2012) -- Sailors assigned to Pre-commissioning Unit (PCU) Anchorage (LPD 23) participated in the Ky Cares Charity Golf Classic hosted by former NFL linebacker Kyries Hebert. Operation Homefront, a nonprofit military morale and recreation foundation for active duty servicemembers and their families, coordinated with Herbert to extend an opportunity for Sailors to participate in the sports celebrity golf event.
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AVONDALE, La (May 11, 2012) -- Sailors assigned to Pre-commissioning Unit (PCU) Anchorage (LPD 23) are recognized in honor of Mother's Day during the command's Asian and Pacific American Heritage Month lunch presentation by commanding officer, Cmdr. Brian Quin, right, and Command Master Chief John Crewdson.
MC1(SW) Aramis X. Ramirez
AVONDALE, La (July 3, 2011) Sailors assigned to Pre-commissioning Unit Anchorage (LPD 23) watch as the first mattress pallette is dropped by crane onto the flight deck for an all hands on-load evolution. Anchorage is currently under construction at the Huntington Ingalls Industries shipbuilding site in Avondale near New Orleans, La and is scheduled for delivery to the U.S. Navy in July.
MC1(SW) Aramis X. Ramirez
AVONDALE, La (July 3, 2011) Senior Chief Culinary Specialist Carlos Billingslea, center, receives his senior chief pins from Cmdr. Brian Quin, commanding officer of Pre-commissioning Unit Anchorage (LPD 23) and Senior Chief Culinary Specialist Jacinto Ganac, during a promotion ceremony held on the flight deck of the amphibious transport dock ship. Billingslea is the first Sailor to be promoted on board Anchorage. The ship is currently under construction at the Huntington Ingalls Industries shipbuilding site in Avondale near New Orleans, La and is scheduled for delivery to the U.S. Navy in July.
MC1(SW) Aramis X. Ramirez
AVONDALE, La (July 3, 2011) Sailors assigned to Pre-commissioning Unit (PCU) Anchorage (LPD23) move mattresses into the berthing compartments of the amphibious transport dock ship. Anchorage is currently under construction at the Huntington Ingalls Industries shipbuilding site in Avondale near New Orleans, La and is scheduled for delivery to the U.S. Navy in July.
MC1(SW) Aramis X. Ramirez
AVONDALE, La (July 3, 2011) Sailors assigned to Pre-commissioning Unit (PCU) Anchorage (LPD23) move mattresses into the berthing compartments of the amphibious transport dock ship. Anchorage is currently under construction at the Huntington Ingalls Industries shipbuilding site in Avondale near New Orleans, La and is scheduled for delivery to the U.S. Navy in July.
MC1(SW) Aramis X. Ramirez
AVONDALE, La (July 3, 2011) Sailors assigned to Pre-commissioning Unit (PCU) Anchorage (LPD23) move mattresses into the berthing compartments of the amphibious transport dock ship. Anchorage is currently under construction at the Huntington Ingalls Industries shipbuilding site in Avondale near New Orleans, La and is scheduled for delivery to the U.S. Navy in July.
MC1(SW) Aramis X. Ramirez
AVONDALE, La. (July 23, 2012) Father Dennis Hayes of Our Lady of the Angels Church in Westwego, La. performs blessing rites on the bridge of amphibious transport dock ship Anchorage (LPD 23) during an ecumenical service. Anchorage is scheduled for delivery to the U.S. Navy in July and preparations to live on board, which include identifying and and training the religious lay leaders, are currently underway.
ET3 Kimberly Leiter
AVONDALE, La. (July 25, 2012) Adm. Cecil D. Haney, Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet and Cmdr. Brian Quin, commanding officer for Pre-commissioning Unit Anchorage (LPD 23) tour the medical spaces of the amphibious transport dock ship. Anchorage is currently under construction at the Huntington Ingalls Industries Avondale shipbuilding site.
MC1(SW) Aramis X. Ramirez
AVONDALE, La. (July 25, 2012) Sailors assigned to Pre-commissioning Unit Anchorage (LPD 23) stand in formation as Adm. Cecil D. Haney, Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet speaks during an all hands call in the well decks of the amphibious transport dock ship. Anchorage is currently under construction at the Huntington Ingalls Industries Avondale shipbuilding site.
MC1(SW) Aramis X. Ramirez
AVONDALE, La. (July 25, 2012) Cmdr. Brian Quin, commanding officer for Pre-commissioning Unit Anchorage (LPD 23) presents Adm. Cecil D. Haney, Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet with a command ball cap during an all hands call in the well decks of the amphibious transport dock ship. Anchorage is currently under construction at the Huntington Ingalls Industries Avondale shipbuilding site.
MC1(SW) Aramis X. Ramirez
AVONDALE, La. (Sept. 7, 2012) Annette Conway, sponsor for landing transport dock ship Anchorage (LPD 23), places coins and other items into a box that will be welded to the mast during a mast stepping ceremony held on board the ship. The mast stepping ceremony is a shipbuilding tradition that dates back to ancient Rome where coins and other affections are placed into the mast prior to it being secured in place. The coins are meant to bring the ship luck as well as to "pay the crew's way" in the event the ship sinks. Conway is wife of Gen. James T. Conway, USMC(Ret.), 34th Commandant of the Marine Corps.
MC1(SW) Aramis X. Ramirez
AVONDALE, La. (Sept. 7, 2012) Huntington Ingalls Shipbuilding metal workers weld a box to the mast of landing transport dock ship Anchorage (LPD 23) which contains the ship's coins during a mast stepping ceremony with ship sponsor Annette Conway. The mast stepping ceremony is a shipbuilding tradition that dates back to ancient Rome. During the ceremony, coins and other affections are placed into the mast prior to it being secured in place. The coins are meant to bring the ship luck as well as to "pay the crew's way" in the event the ship sinks. Conway is wife of Gen. James T. Conway, USMC(Ret.), 34th Commandant of the Marine Corps.
MC1(SW) Aramis X. Ramirez
AVONDALE, La. (Sept. 7, 2012) Annette Conway, center, sponsor for landing transport dock ship Anchorage (LPD 23) meets with chief petty officer selectees in the Chief's Mess on board the ship. Conway visited Anchorage, currently under construction at the Huntington Ingalls Industries Shipbuilding site in Avondale, to take part in a mast stepping ceremony, a shipbuilding tradition that dates back to ancient Rome. During the ceremony, coins and other affections are placed into the mast prior to it being secured in place. The coins are meant to bring the ship luck as well as to "pay the crew's way" in the event the ship sinks. Conway is wife of Gen. James T. Conway, USMC(Ret.), 34th Commandant of the Marine Corps.
MC1(SW) Aramis X. Ramirez
AVONDALE, La. (Sept. 7, 2012) Annette Conway, sponsor for landing transport dock ship Anchorage (LPD 23), sits in the captain's chair in the pilot house on board Anchorage during a tour of the ship. Conway visited Anchorage, currently under construction at the Huntington Ingalls Industries Shipbuilding site in Avondale, to take part in a mast stepping ceremony, a shipbuilding tradition that dates back to ancient Rome. During the ceremony, coins and other affections are placed into the mast prior to it being secured in place. The coins are meant to bring the ship luck as well as to "pay the crew's way" in the event the ship sinks. Conway is wife of Gen. James T. Conway, USMC(Ret.), 34th Commandant of the Marine Corps.
MC1(SW) Aramis X. Ramirez
AVONDALE, La. (Sept. 7, 2012) Sailors assigned to Pre-commissioning Unit Anchorage (LPD 23), meet with Annette Conway, sponsor for the landing transport dock ship currently under construction at the Huntington Ingalls Industries Shipbuilding site in Avondale. The Sailors have the distinction of calling Anchorage, Ak. their hometown. They were asked to take part in a mast stepping ceremony, which is a shipbuilding tradition that dates back to ancient Rome, to represent the ship's namesake city. During the ceremony, coins and other affections are placed into the mast prior to it being secured in place. The coins are meant to bring the ship luck as well as to "pay the crew's way" in the event the ship sinks. Conway is wife of Gen. James T. Conway, USMC(Ret.), 34th Commandant of the Marine Corps.
MC1(SW) Aramis X. Ramirez
NEW ORLEANS, La. (Sept. 14, 2012) Ten Sailors assigned to Pre-commissioning Units Anchorage (LPD 23) and Somerset (LPD 25) were advanced to the rank of Chief Petty Officer in a ceremony held at the World War II Museum in downtown New Orleans. During the ceremony, the new Chiefs received their anchor collar devices and combination covers which is a 119-year-old tradition dating back to when the rank was first established on April 1, 1893.
MC1(SW) Aramis X. Ramirez
NEW ORLEANS, La. (Sept. 14, 2012) Ten Sailors assigned to Pre-commissioning Units Anchorage (LPD 23) and Somerset (LPD 25) were advanced to the rank of Chief Petty Officer in a ceremony held at the World War II Museum in downtown New Orleans. During the ceremony, the new Chiefs received their anchor collar devices and combination covers which is a 119-year-old tradition dating back to when the rank was first established on April 1, 1893.
MC1(SW) Aramis X. Ramirez
NEW ORLEANS, La. (Sept. 14, 2012) Ten Sailors assigned to Pre-commissioning Units Anchorage (LPD 23) and Somerset (LPD 25) were advanced to the rank of Chief Petty Officer in a ceremony held at the World War II Museum in downtown New Orleans. During the ceremony, the new Chiefs received their anchor collar devices and combination covers which is a 119-year-old tradition dating back to when the rank was first established on April 1, 1893.
MC1(SW) Aramis X. Ramirez
NEW ORLEANS, La. (Sept. 14, 2012) Ten Sailors assigned to Pre-commissioning Units Anchorage (LPD 23) and Somerset (LPD 25) were advanced to the rank of Chief Petty Officer in a ceremony held at the World War II Museum in downtown New Orleans. During the ceremony, the new Chiefs received their anchor collar devices and combination covers which is a 119-year-old tradition dating back to when the rank was first established on April 1, 1893.
MC1(SW) Aramis X. Ramirez
NEW ORLEANS, La. (Sept. 14, 2012) Ten Sailors assigned to Pre-commissioning Units Anchorage (LPD 23) and Somerset (LPD 25) were advanced to the rank of Chief Petty Officer in a ceremony held at the World War II Museum in downtown New Orleans. During the ceremony, the new Chiefs received their anchor collar devices and combination covers which is a 119-year-old tradition dating back to when the rank was first established on April 1, 1893.
MC1(SW) Aramis X. Ramirez
NEW ORLEANS, La. (Sept. 14, 2012) Ten Sailors assigned to Pre-commissioning Units Anchorage (LPD 23) and Somerset (LPD 25) were advanced to the rank of Chief Petty Officer in a ceremony held at the World War II Museum in downtown New Orleans. During the ceremony, the new Chiefs received their anchor collar devices and combination covers which is a 119-year-old tradition dating back to when the rank was first established on April 1, 1893.
MC1(SW) Aramis X. Ramirez
NEW ORLEANS, La. (Sept. 14, 2012) Ten Sailors assigned to Pre-commissioning Units Anchorage (LPD 23) and Somerset (LPD 25) were advanced to the rank of Chief Petty Officer in a ceremony held at the World War II Museum in downtown New Orleans. During the ceremony, the new Chiefs received their anchor collar devices and combination covers which is a 119-year-old tradition dating back to when the rank was first established on April 1, 1893.
MC1(SW) Aramis X. Ramirez
NEW ORLEANS, La. (Sept. 14, 2012) Ten Sailors assigned to Pre-commissioning Units Anchorage (LPD 23) and Somerset (LPD 25) were advanced to the rank of Chief Petty Officer in a ceremony held at the World War II Museum in downtown New Orleans. During the ceremony, the new Chiefs received their anchor collar devices and combination covers which is a 119-year-old tradition dating back to when the rank was first established on April 1, 1893.
MC1(SW) Aramis X. Ramirez
AVONDALE, La. (Sept. 17, 2012) Cmdr. Brian Quin, commanding officer for amphibious landing transport dock ship Anchorage (LPD 23), Cmdr. Joe Tuite, deputy of operations for Supervisor of Shipbuilding Gulf Coast, and Bruce Knowles, LPD 23 program manager for Huntington Ingalls Industries Shipbuilding sign the documents signifying transfer of custody of Anchorage to the U.S. Navy during a ceremony held on the ship. Anchorage will be commissioned next spring in her namesake city of Anchorage, Ak.
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AVONDALE, La. (Sept. 17, 2012) Cmdr. Brian Quin, commanding officer for amphibious landing transport dock ship Anchorage (LPD 23), Cmdr. Joe Tuite, deputy of operations for Supervisor of Shipbuilding Gulf Coast, and Bruce Knowles, LPD 23 program manager for Huntington Ingalls Industries Shipbuilding sign the documents signifying transfer of custody of Anchorage to the U.S. Navy during a ceremony held on the ship. Anchorage will be commissioned next spring in her namesake city of Anchorage, Ak.
U.S. Navy
AVONDALE, La. (Sept. 17, 2012) Cmdr. Brian Quin, commanding officer for amphibious landing transport dock ship Anchorage (LPD 23), Cmdr. Joe Tuite, deputy of operations for Supervisor of Shipbuilding Gulf Coast, and Bruce Knowles, LPD 23 program manager for Huntington Ingalls Industries Shipbuilding sign the documents signifying transfer of custody of Anchorage to the U.S. Navy during a ceremony held on the ship. Anchorage will be commissioned next spring in her namesake city of Anchorage, Ak.
U.S. Navy
AVONDALE, La. (Sept. 17, 2012) Cmdr. Brian Quin, commanding officer for amphibious landing transport dock ship Anchorage (LPD 23), Cmdr. Joe Tuite, deputy of operations for Supervisor of Shipbuilding Gulf Coast, and Bruce Knowles, LPD 23 program manager for Huntington Ingalls Industries Shipbuilding sign the documents signifying transfer of custody of Anchorage to the U.S. Navy during a ceremony held on the ship. Anchorage will be commissioned next spring in her namesake city of Anchorage, Ak.
U.S. Navy
AVONDALE, La. (Sept. 17, 2012) Cmdr. Brian Quin, commanding officer for amphibious landing transport dock ship Anchorage (LPD 23), Cmdr. Joe Tuite, deputy of operations for Supervisor of Shipbuilding Gulf Coast, and Bruce Knowles, LPD 23 program manager for Huntington Ingalls Industries Shipbuilding sign the documents signifying transfer of custody of Anchorage to the U.S. Navy during a ceremony held on the ship. Anchorage will be commissioned next spring in her namesake city of Anchorage, Ak.
U.S. Navy
AVONDALE, La. (Sept. 17, 2012) Cmdr. Brian Quin, commanding officer for amphibious landing transport dock ship Anchorage (LPD 23), Cmdr. Joe Tuite, deputy of operations for Supervisor of Shipbuilding Gulf Coast, and Bruce Knowles, LPD 23 program manager for Huntington Ingalls Industries Shipbuilding sign the documents signifying transfer of custody of Anchorage to the U.S. Navy during a ceremony held on the ship. Anchorage will be commissioned next spring in her namesake city of Anchorage, Ak.
U.S. Navy
AVONDALE, La. (Oct. 21, 2012) Sailors assigned to amphibious transport dock ship Anchorage (LPD 23) hosted an appreciation ship tour for Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) shipbuilders and their families in Avondale. Anchorage, which was delivered to the U.S. Navy in September, was built at the HII Shipbuilding site in Avondale. The ship will begin its transit to homeport San Diego, Calif. in November.
MC1(SW) Aramis X. Ramirez
AVONDALE, La. (Oct. 21, 2012) Sailors assigned to amphibious transport dock ship Anchorage (LPD 23) hosted an appreciation ship tour for Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) shipbuilders and their families in Avondale. Anchorage, which was delivered to the U.S. Navy in September, was built at the HII Shipbuilding site in Avondale. The ship will begin its transit to homeport San Diego, Calif. in November.
MC1(SW) Aramis X. Ramirez
AVONDALE, La. (Oct. 21, 2012) Sailors assigned to amphibious transport dock ship Anchorage (LPD 23) hosted an appreciation ship tour for Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) shipbuilders and their families in Avondale. Anchorage, which was delivered to the U.S. Navy in September, was built at the HII Shipbuilding site in Avondale. The ship will begin its transit to homeport San Diego, Calif. in November.
MC1(SW) Aramis X. Ramirez
AVONDALE, La. (Oct. 21, 2012) Sailors assigned to amphibious transport dock ship Anchorage (LPD 23) hosted an appreciation ship tour for Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) shipbuilders and their families in Avondale. Anchorage, which was delivered to the U.S. Navy in September, was built at the HII Shipbuilding site in Avondale. The ship will begin its transit to homeport San Diego, Calif. in November.
MC1(SW) Aramis X. Ramirez
AVONDALE, La. (Oct. 21, 2012) Sailors assigned to amphibious transport dock ship Anchorage (LPD 23) hosted an appreciation ship tour for Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) shipbuilders and their families in Avondale. Anchorage, which was delivered to the U.S. Navy in September, was built at the HII Shipbuilding site in Avondale. The ship will begin its transit to homeport San Diego, Calif. in November.
MC1(SW) Aramis X. Ramirez
AVONDALE, La. (Oct. 21, 2012) Sailors assigned to amphibious transport dock ship Anchorage (LPD 23) hosted an appreciation ship tour for Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) shipbuilders and their families in Avondale. Anchorage, which was delivered to the U.S. Navy in September, was built at the HII Shipbuilding site in Avondale. The ship will begin its transit to homeport San Diego, Calif. in November.
MC1(SW) Aramis X. Ramirez
AVONDALE, La. (Oct. 21, 2012) Sailors assigned to amphibious transport dock ship Anchorage (LPD 23) hosted an appreciation ship tour for Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) shipbuilders and their families in Avondale. Anchorage, which was delivered to the U.S. Navy in September, was built at the HII Shipbuilding site in Avondale. The ship will begin its transit to homeport San Diego, Calif. in November.
MC1(SW) Aramis X. Ramirez
AVONDALE, La. (Oct. 21, 2012) Sailors assigned to amphibious transport dock ship Anchorage (LPD 23) hosted an appreciation ship tour for Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) shipbuilders and their families in Avondale. Anchorage, which was delivered to the U.S. Navy in September, was built at the HII Shipbuilding site in Avondale. The ship will begin its transit to homeport San Diego, Calif. in November.
MC1(SW) Aramis X. Ramirez
The USS Anchorage heads down the Mississippi river, passing the skyline of New Orleans, La. Tuesday afternoon October 30, 2012. The USS Anchorage had a Christening Ceremony May 14, 2011 at the Ingalls Shipbuilding Avondale Shipyard in New Orleans, and was formally delivered and accepted by the US Navy on September 17, 2012.
Phil James

The USS Anchorage sailed through the ice floes of upper Cook Inlet and docked at the Port of Anchorage on Wednesday morning. The new U.S. Navy amphibious transport dock ship, 684 feet long and about 10 stories high, is moored in its namesake city for its official commissioning ceremony on Saturday.

The public is invited to tour the ship on Thursday and Friday. Here is some of what you can expect to see.

• The flight deck, about an acre in size, from which helicopters and vertical-takeoff aircraft operate.

• Medical facilities said to equal a small town hospital, with operating rooms, intensive care beds and a dental clinic capable of performing root canals.

• The bridge, with a .50-caliber machine gun to remind us that this is a warship.

• The pilot house, with a big map of Cook Inlet spread out. In the age of GPS, the Anchorage still has a use for nautical charts.

• The Central Control Station controls the ship's power and other functions, like water desalinization. It's one of the few duty stations with its own coffee pot, because personnel on watch cannot leave the post.

• ATM machines let crew members charge vending machine cards.

• An enormous parking and maintenance area runs nearly the length of the hull, holding Humvees, eight-wheeled land assault vehicles and a M777 howitzer. It terminates in a well deck section that can be flooded so hovercraft, boats or amphibious assault vehicles can enter through giant doors on the stern.

From the well deck, it's a long climb back to the flight deck where visitors disembark. The ship is not handicapped accessible and visitors will need to climb several steep ramps and ladders. They can be tricky to descend.

Most doors are really hatches, with a tall lip at the bottom that must be stepped over. Changes from bright light to dark make it harder to spot potential obstacles, so move carefully.

Do not bring backpacks or large handbags; this is not just a security matter; such items can catch on things or make it difficult to move in tight spaces. You want your hands free to deal with ladders. Though children are welcome, babies are not a good idea.

Do not enter prohibited areas, which are indicated by signs and chains.

Knives, glass containers, toy weapons and liquids in containers larger than 20 ounces are prohibited. Cell phones and cameras are permitted but their use may be restricted in certain areas.

 

TOUR TIMES

The public may tour the USS Anchorage from 1 to 8 p.m. Thursday and 2 to 8 p.m. Friday. Access for members of the public is only available by shuttle bus from the Northway Mall and Sullivan Arena. Buses leave at approximately 30-minute intervals.

You must take the bus; you cannot drive your private vehicle into the secure area of the port.

Visitors may be required to go through metal detectors or undergo other security measures. Those over 18 will need government-issued I.D., such as a driver's license, passport or military identification.

Saturday's Commissioning Ceremony can be attended only by those already holding one of the 4,000 tickets.

 

USS ANCHORAGE BY THE NUMBERS

Length: 684 feet

Beam: 105 feet

Displacement: 25,000 long tons

Sustained speed: 22+ knots

Crew: 360 sailors, 3 marines

Troop capacity: 699; 800 in surge mode

Weapons: MK 31 rolling airframe missile launchers

MK 46 30mm guns

MK 26 .50 caliber machine guns

Cost: $1.3 billion

Base: San Diego, Calif.

 

Reach Mike Dunham at mdunham@adn.com or 257-4332.

 

 

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