Visitors flock to USS Anchorage

Visitors check out a CH-46 helicopter while touring the USS Anchorage Friday afternoon May 3, 2013 at the Port of Anchorage.
Erik Hill
Capt. Brian J. Quin, left, visits with World War II veteran Donald Wilcox, 92, as Wilcox arrives to tour the USS Anchorage Friday afternoon May 3, 2013 at the Port of Anchorage. Capt. Quin served as commanding officer of the ship until just recently, when health concerns prompted a change of command. Capt. Quin was nevertheless able to come to Anchorage to attend the commissioning ceremony.
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Visitors arrive to tour the USS Anchorage Friday afternoon May 3, 2013 at the Port of Anchorage.
Erik Hill
World War II veteran Donald Wilcox, 92, poses with Lt. Cmdr. Kevin Friel while touring the USS Anchorage Friday afternoon May 3, 2013 at the Port of Anchorage.
Erik Hill
Medical facilities are displayed during tours of the USS Anchorage Friday afternoon May 3, 2013 at the Port of Anchorage.
Erik Hill
Visitors tour the USS Anchorage Friday afternoon May 3, 2013 at the Port of Anchorage.
Erik Hill
U.S. Marine Capt. William Youssef, left, and Cpl. Matthew Sevilla describe the MV-22 Osprey aircraft to visitors touring the USS Anchorage Friday afternoon May 3, 2013 at the Port of Anchorage.
Erik Hill
An M777 lightweight towed howitzer is among equipment displayed for visitors touring the USS Anchorage Friday afternoon May 3, 2013 at the Port of Anchorage.
Erik Hill
Brady Tomberlin, 4, and his dad Brady Tomberlin meet Lt. Cmdr. Kevin Friel while touring the USS Anchorage Friday afternoon May 3, 2013 at the Port of Anchorage.
Erik Hill
A tour of the USS Anchorage includes a view of bunks. They are not spacious, but some now allow for sitting up to read or write.
Erik Hill
Visitors pause for photos while touring the USS Anchorage Friday afternoon May 3, 2013 at the Port of Anchorage.
Erik Hill
World War II veteran Donald Wilcox, 92, learns about the HMMWV (High-Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle) from U.S. Marine Gunnery Sgt. Brian Barnhart while touring the USS Anchorage Friday afternoon May 3, 2013 at the Port of Anchorage. Barnhart himself grew up in Anchorage and lived in Tok, where he still has family. "I think I'm the only Marine from Alaska," he said. "It's great to be home!"
Erik Hill
Visitors tour the USS Anchorage Friday afternoon May 3, 2013 at the Port of Anchorage.
Erik Hill
World War II Navy veteran Donald Wilcox, 92, winds up a tour of the USS Anchorage with Lt. Cmdr. Kevin Friel Friday afternoon May 3, 2013 at the Port of Anchorage. Wilcox, an Alaskan since 1936, spent three years in the Pacific as an officer on an LCI(L) landing craft moving Marines onto beaches before joining occupation forces in Japan. He finished up his service back in Alaska, spending a year in Kodiak. Lt. Cmdr. Friel works as Air Boss overseeing the flight deck on the USS Anchorage.
Erik Hill
Visitors check out a CH-46 helicopter while touring the USS Anchorage Friday afternoon May 3, 2013 at the Port of Anchorage.
Erik Hill
Capt. Brian J. Quin, left, visits with World War II veteran Donald Wilcox, 92, as Wilcox arrives to tour the USS Anchorage Friday afternoon May 3, 2013 at the Port of Anchorage. Capt. Quin served as commanding officer of the ship until just recently, when health concerns prompted a change of command. Capt. Quin was nevertheless able to come to Anchorage to attend the commissioning ceremony.
Erik Hill
Visitors arrive to tour the USS Anchorage Friday afternoon May 3, 2013 at the Port of Anchorage.
Erik Hill
World War II veteran Donald Wilcox, 92, poses with Lt. Cmdr. Kevin Friel while touring the USS Anchorage Friday afternoon May 3, 2013 at the Port of Anchorage.
Erik Hill
Medical facilities are displayed during tours of the USS Anchorage Friday afternoon May 3, 2013 at the Port of Anchorage.
Erik Hill
Visitors tour the USS Anchorage Friday afternoon May 3, 2013 at the Port of Anchorage.
Erik Hill
U.S. Marine Capt. William Youssef, left, and Cpl. Matthew Sevilla describe the MV-22 Osprey aircraft to visitors touring the USS Anchorage Friday afternoon May 3, 2013 at the Port of Anchorage.
Erik Hill
An M777 lightweight towed howitzer is among equipment displayed for visitors touring the USS Anchorage Friday afternoon May 3, 2013 at the Port of Anchorage.
Erik Hill
Brady Tomberlin, 4, and his dad Brady Tomberlin meet Lt. Cmdr. Kevin Friel while touring the USS Anchorage Friday afternoon May 3, 2013 at the Port of Anchorage.
Erik Hill
A tour of the USS Anchorage includes a view of bunks. They are not spacious, but some now allow for sitting up to read or write.
Erik Hill
Visitors pause for photos while touring the USS Anchorage Friday afternoon May 3, 2013 at the Port of Anchorage.
Erik Hill
World War II veteran Donald Wilcox, 92, learns about the HMMWV (High-Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle) from U.S. Marine Gunnery Sgt. Brian Barnhart while touring the USS Anchorage Friday afternoon May 3, 2013 at the Port of Anchorage. Barnhart himself grew up in Anchorage and lived in Tok, where he still has family. "I think I'm the only Marine from Alaska," he said. "It's great to be home!"
Erik Hill
Visitors tour the USS Anchorage Friday afternoon May 3, 2013 at the Port of Anchorage.
Erik Hill
World War II Navy veteran Donald Wilcox, 92, winds up a tour of the USS Anchorage with Lt. Cmdr. Kevin Friel Friday afternoon May 3, 2013 at the Port of Anchorage. Wilcox, an Alaskan since 1936, spent three years in the Pacific as an officer on an LCI(L) landing craft moving Marines onto beaches before joining occupation forces in Japan. He finished up his service back in Alaska, spending a year in Kodiak. Lt. Cmdr. Friel works as Air Boss overseeing the flight deck on the USS Anchorage.
Erik Hill
Craig Medred