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USS Anchorage is commissioned in snowy ceremony

Sailors and Marines line the flight deck of the USS Anchorage at the conclusion of the commissioning ceremony Saturday. Several thousand gathered at the Port of Anchorage for the commissioning ceremony for the Navy's newest ship, the USS Anchorage on May 4, 2013. The amphibious transport dock ship is 684 feet long. It has a crew of 360 Sailors and accommodates about 700 troops.
Marc Lester
Water beads on the shoulders of a sailor during the commissioning ceremony. Several thousand gathered at the Port of Anchorage for the commissioning ceremony for the Navy's newest ship, the USS Anchorage on May 4, 2013. The amphibious transport dock ship is 684 feet long. It has a crew of 360 Sailors and accommodates about 700 troops.
Marc Lester
Artillery is fired from the Port of Anchorage during the ceremony. Several thousand gathered at the Port of Anchorage for the commissioning ceremony for the Navy's newest ship, the USS Anchorage on May 4, 2013. The amphibious transport dock ship is 684 feet long. It has a crew of 360 Sailors and accommodates about 700 troops.
Marc Lester
Operations Specialist 2nd Class Gloria Hurtado, Information Systems Technician 1st Class Ashley Faciane and Seaman Cruz Boseman head to the commissioning ceremony for the USS Anchorage. All three are originally from the ship's namesake city. Several thousand gathered at the Port of Anchorage for the commissioning ceremony for the Navy's newest ship, the USS Anchorage on May 4, 2013. The amphibious transport dock ship is 684 feet long. It has a crew of 360 Sailors and accommodates about 700 troops.
Marc Lester
Marines disembark the USS Anchorage for the commissioning ceremony. Several thousand gathered at the Port of Anchorage for the commissioning ceremony for the Navy's newest ship, the USS Anchorage on May 4, 2013. The amphibious transport dock ship is 684 feet long. It has a crew of 360 Sailors and accommodates about 700 troops.
Marc Lester
Sailors and Marines salute from the USS Anchorage at the conclusion of the commissioning ceremony Saturday. Several thousand gathered at the Port of Anchorage for the commissioning ceremony for the Navy's newest ship, the USS Anchorage on May 4, 2013. The amphibious transport dock ship is 684 feet long. It has a crew of 360 Sailors and accommodates about 700 troops.
Marc Lester
Marines cross the flight deck to head to the USS Anchorage commissioning. Several thousand gathered at the Port of Anchorage for the commissioning ceremony for the Navy's newest ship, the USS Anchorage on May 4, 2013. The amphibious transport dock ship is 684 feet long. It has a crew of 360 Sailors and accommodates about 700 troops.
Marc Lester
Sailors and Marines wait in a USS Anchorage corridor for the commissioning ceremony to begin. Several thousand gathered at the Port of Anchorage for the commissioning ceremony for the Navy's newest ship, the USS Anchorage on May 4, 2013. The amphibious transport dock ship is 684 feet long. It has a crew of 360 Sailors and accommodates about 700 troops.
Marc Lester
A sailor makes a photograph of the flight deck of the USS Anchorage. Several thousand gathered at the Port of Anchorage for the commissioning ceremony for the Navy's newest ship, the USS Anchorage on May 4, 2013. The amphibious transport dock ship is 684 feet long. It has a crew of 360 Sailors and accommodates about 700 troops.
Marc Lester
A sailor peeks at the gathering crowd for the USS Anchorage commissioning. Several thousand gathered at the Port of Anchorage for the commissioning ceremony for the Navy's newest ship, the USS Anchorage on May 4, 2013. The amphibious transport dock ship is 684 feet long. It has a crew of 360 Sailors and accommodates about 700 troops.
Marc Lester
Capt. Brian J. Quin escorts Sen. Lisa Murkowski to the commissioning ceremony. Several thousand gathered at the Port of Anchorage for the commissioning ceremony for the Navy's newest ship, the USS Anchorage on May 4, 2013. The amphibious transport dock ship is 684 feet long. It has a crew of 360 Sailors and accommodates about 700 troops.
Marc Lester
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Sen. Mark Begich arrives for the ceremony. Several thousand gathered at the Port of Anchorage for the commissioning ceremony for the Navy's newest ship, the USS Anchorage on May 4, 2013. The amphibious transport dock ship is 684 feet long. It has a crew of 360 Sailors and accommodates about 700 troops.
Marc Lester
Sailors line up for the commissioning ceremony. Several thousand gathered at the Port of Anchorage for the commissioning ceremony for the Navy's newest ship, the USS Anchorage on May 4, 2013. The amphibious transport dock ship is 684 feet long. It has a crew of 360 Sailors and accommodates about 700 troops.
Marc Lester
Guests take cover from the snow at Saturday's ceremony. Several thousand gathered at the Port of Anchorage for the commissioning ceremony for the Navy's newest ship, the USS Anchorage on May 4, 2013. The amphibious transport dock ship is 684 feet long. It has a crew of 360 Sailors and accommodates about 700 troops.
Marc Lester
Sailors talk as the snow falls on the USS Anchorage flight deck. Several thousand gathered at the Port of Anchorage for the commissioning ceremony for the Navy's newest ship, the USS Anchorage on May 4, 2013. The amphibious transport dock ship is 684 feet long. It has a crew of 360 Sailors and accommodates about 700 troops.
Marc Lester
The first of many sailors boards the USS Anchorage as the ship is "brought to life" at its commissioning ceremony. Several thousand gathered at the Port of Anchorage for the commissioning ceremony for the Navy's newest ship, the USS Anchorage on May 4, 2013. The amphibious transport dock ship is 684 feet long. It has a crew of 360 Sailors and accommodates about 700 troops.
Marc Lester
The Air Force Band of the Pacific performs Saturday. Several thousand gathered at the Port of Anchorage for the commissioning ceremony for the Navy's newest ship, the USS Anchorage on May 4, 2013. The amphibious transport dock ship is 684 feet long. It has a crew of 360 Sailors and accommodates about 700 troops.
Marc Lester
Sailors line up for the commissioning ceremony. Several thousand gathered at the Port of Anchorage for the commissioning ceremony for the Navy's newest ship, the USS Anchorage on May 4, 2013. The amphibious transport dock ship is 684 feet long. It has a crew of 360 Sailors and accommodates about 700 troops.
Marc Lester
Guests arrive for the commissioning ceremony. Several thousand gathered at the Port of Anchorage for the commissioning ceremony for the Navy's newest ship, the USS Anchorage on May 4, 2013. The amphibious transport dock ship is 684 feet long. It has a crew of 360 Sailors and accommodates about 700 troops.
Marc Lester
Artillery is fired from the Port of Anchorage during the ceremony. Several thousand gathered at the Port of Anchorage for the commissioning ceremony for the Navy's newest ship, the USS Anchorage on May 4, 2013. The amphibious transport dock ship is 684 feet long. It has a crew of 360 Sailors and accommodates about 700 troops.
Marc Lester
Cmdr. Joel Stewart and Gov. Sean Parnell arrive for the commissioning ceremony. Several thousand gathered at the Port of Anchorage for the commissioning ceremony for the Navy's newest ship, the USS Anchorage on May 4, 2013. The amphibious transport dock ship is 684 feet long. It has a crew of 360 Sailors and accommodates about 700 troops.
Marc Lester
Several thousand gathered at the Port of Anchorage for the commissioning ceremony for the Navy's newest ship, the USS Anchorage on May 4, 2013. The amphibious transport dock ship is 684 feet long. It has a crew of 360 Sailors and accommodates about 700 troops.
Marc Lester
Several thousand gathered at the Port of Anchorage for the commissioning ceremony for the Navy's newest ship, the USS Anchorage on May 4, 2013. The amphibious transport dock ship is 684 feet long. It has a crew of 360 Sailors and accommodates about 700 troops.
Marc Lester
Several thousand gathered at the Port of Anchorage for the commissioning ceremony for the Navy's newest ship, the USS Anchorage on May 4, 2013. The amphibious transport dock ship is 684 feet long. It has a crew of 360 Sailors and accommodates about 700 troops.
Marc Lester
Sailors and Marines line the flight deck of the USS Anchorage at the conclusion of the commissioning ceremony Saturday. Several thousand gathered at the Port of Anchorage for the commissioning ceremony for the Navy's newest ship, the USS Anchorage on May 4, 2013. The amphibious transport dock ship is 684 feet long. It has a crew of 360 Sailors and accommodates about 700 troops.
Marc Lester
Marines line up for the commissioning ceremony. Several thousand gathered at the Port of Anchorage for the commissioning ceremony for the Navy's newest ship, the USS Anchorage on May 4, 2013. The amphibious transport dock ship is 684 feet long. It has a crew of 360 Sailors and accommodates about 700 troops.
Marc Lester
Seamen cross the USS Anchorage's flight deck. Several thousand gathered at the Port of Anchorage for the commissioning ceremony for the Navy's newest ship, the USS Anchorage on May 4, 2013. The amphibious transport dock ship is 684 feet long. It has a crew of 360 Sailors and accommodates about 700 troops.
Marc Lester
The US flag is raised at the stern of the USS Anchorage. Several thousand gathered at the Port of Anchorage for the commissioning ceremony for the Navy's newest ship, the USS Anchorage on May 4, 2013. The amphibious transport dock ship is 684 feet long. It has a crew of 360 Sailors and accommodates about 700 troops.
Marc Lester
David Mosley / U.S. Coast Guard The USS Anchorage was commissioned at the port of Anchorage on May 4, 2013.
David Mosley
David Mosley / U.S. Coast Guard The USS Anchorage was commissioned at the port of Anchorage on May 4, 2013.
David Mosley
David Mosley / U.S. Coast Guard The USS Anchorage was commissioned at the port of Anchorage on May 4, 2013.
David Mosley
David Mosley / U.S. Coast Guard The USS Anchorage was commissioned at the port of Anchorage on May 4, 2013.
David Mosley
David Mosley / U.S. Coast Guard The USS Anchorage was commissioned at the port of Anchorage on May 4, 2013.
David Mosley
David Mosley / U.S. Coast Guard The USS Anchorage was commissioned at the port of Anchorage on May 4, 2013.
David Mosley
David Mosley / U.S. Coast Guard The USS Anchorage was commissioned at the port of Anchorage on May 4, 2013.
David Mosley
David Mosley / U.S. Coast Guard The USS Anchorage was commissioned at the port of Anchorage on May 4, 2013.
David Mosley
David Mosley / U.S. Coast Guard The USS Anchorage was commissioned at the port of Anchorage on May 4, 2013.
David Mosley
David Mosley / U.S. Coast Guard The USS Anchorage was commissioned at the port of Anchorage on May 4, 2013.
David Mosley
David Mosley / U.S. Coast Guard The USS Anchorage was commissioned at the port of Anchorage on May 4, 2013.
David Mosley
David Mosley / U.S. Coast Guard The USS Anchorage was commissioned at the port of Anchorage on May 4, 2013.
David Mosley
Sailors and Marines line the flight deck of the USS Anchorage at the conclusion of the commissioning ceremony Saturday. Several thousand gathered at the Port of Anchorage for the commissioning ceremony for the Navy's newest ship, the USS Anchorage on May 4, 2013. The amphibious transport dock ship is 684 feet long. It has a crew of 360 Sailors and accommodates about 700 troops.
Marc Lester
Water beads on the shoulders of a sailor during the commissioning ceremony. Several thousand gathered at the Port of Anchorage for the commissioning ceremony for the Navy's newest ship, the USS Anchorage on May 4, 2013. The amphibious transport dock ship is 684 feet long. It has a crew of 360 Sailors and accommodates about 700 troops.
Marc Lester
Artillery is fired from the Port of Anchorage during the ceremony. Several thousand gathered at the Port of Anchorage for the commissioning ceremony for the Navy's newest ship, the USS Anchorage on May 4, 2013. The amphibious transport dock ship is 684 feet long. It has a crew of 360 Sailors and accommodates about 700 troops.
Marc Lester
Operations Specialist 2nd Class Gloria Hurtado, Information Systems Technician 1st Class Ashley Faciane and Seaman Cruz Boseman head to the commissioning ceremony for the USS Anchorage. All three are originally from the ship's namesake city. Several thousand gathered at the Port of Anchorage for the commissioning ceremony for the Navy's newest ship, the USS Anchorage on May 4, 2013. The amphibious transport dock ship is 684 feet long. It has a crew of 360 Sailors and accommodates about 700 troops.
Marc Lester
Marines disembark the USS Anchorage for the commissioning ceremony. Several thousand gathered at the Port of Anchorage for the commissioning ceremony for the Navy's newest ship, the USS Anchorage on May 4, 2013. The amphibious transport dock ship is 684 feet long. It has a crew of 360 Sailors and accommodates about 700 troops.
Marc Lester
Sailors and Marines salute from the USS Anchorage at the conclusion of the commissioning ceremony Saturday. Several thousand gathered at the Port of Anchorage for the commissioning ceremony for the Navy's newest ship, the USS Anchorage on May 4, 2013. The amphibious transport dock ship is 684 feet long. It has a crew of 360 Sailors and accommodates about 700 troops.
Marc Lester
Marines cross the flight deck to head to the USS Anchorage commissioning. Several thousand gathered at the Port of Anchorage for the commissioning ceremony for the Navy's newest ship, the USS Anchorage on May 4, 2013. The amphibious transport dock ship is 684 feet long. It has a crew of 360 Sailors and accommodates about 700 troops.
Marc Lester
Sailors and Marines wait in a USS Anchorage corridor for the commissioning ceremony to begin. Several thousand gathered at the Port of Anchorage for the commissioning ceremony for the Navy's newest ship, the USS Anchorage on May 4, 2013. The amphibious transport dock ship is 684 feet long. It has a crew of 360 Sailors and accommodates about 700 troops.
Marc Lester
A sailor makes a photograph of the flight deck of the USS Anchorage. Several thousand gathered at the Port of Anchorage for the commissioning ceremony for the Navy's newest ship, the USS Anchorage on May 4, 2013. The amphibious transport dock ship is 684 feet long. It has a crew of 360 Sailors and accommodates about 700 troops.
Marc Lester
A sailor peeks at the gathering crowd for the USS Anchorage commissioning. Several thousand gathered at the Port of Anchorage for the commissioning ceremony for the Navy's newest ship, the USS Anchorage on May 4, 2013. The amphibious transport dock ship is 684 feet long. It has a crew of 360 Sailors and accommodates about 700 troops.
Marc Lester
Capt. Brian J. Quin escorts Sen. Lisa Murkowski to the commissioning ceremony. Several thousand gathered at the Port of Anchorage for the commissioning ceremony for the Navy's newest ship, the USS Anchorage on May 4, 2013. The amphibious transport dock ship is 684 feet long. It has a crew of 360 Sailors and accommodates about 700 troops.
Marc Lester
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Sen. Mark Begich arrives for the ceremony. Several thousand gathered at the Port of Anchorage for the commissioning ceremony for the Navy's newest ship, the USS Anchorage on May 4, 2013. The amphibious transport dock ship is 684 feet long. It has a crew of 360 Sailors and accommodates about 700 troops.
Marc Lester
Sailors line up for the commissioning ceremony. Several thousand gathered at the Port of Anchorage for the commissioning ceremony for the Navy's newest ship, the USS Anchorage on May 4, 2013. The amphibious transport dock ship is 684 feet long. It has a crew of 360 Sailors and accommodates about 700 troops.
Marc Lester
Guests take cover from the snow at Saturday's ceremony. Several thousand gathered at the Port of Anchorage for the commissioning ceremony for the Navy's newest ship, the USS Anchorage on May 4, 2013. The amphibious transport dock ship is 684 feet long. It has a crew of 360 Sailors and accommodates about 700 troops.
Marc Lester
Sailors talk as the snow falls on the USS Anchorage flight deck. Several thousand gathered at the Port of Anchorage for the commissioning ceremony for the Navy's newest ship, the USS Anchorage on May 4, 2013. The amphibious transport dock ship is 684 feet long. It has a crew of 360 Sailors and accommodates about 700 troops.
Marc Lester
The first of many sailors boards the USS Anchorage as the ship is "brought to life" at its commissioning ceremony. Several thousand gathered at the Port of Anchorage for the commissioning ceremony for the Navy's newest ship, the USS Anchorage on May 4, 2013. The amphibious transport dock ship is 684 feet long. It has a crew of 360 Sailors and accommodates about 700 troops.
Marc Lester
The Air Force Band of the Pacific performs Saturday. Several thousand gathered at the Port of Anchorage for the commissioning ceremony for the Navy's newest ship, the USS Anchorage on May 4, 2013. The amphibious transport dock ship is 684 feet long. It has a crew of 360 Sailors and accommodates about 700 troops.
Marc Lester
Sailors line up for the commissioning ceremony. Several thousand gathered at the Port of Anchorage for the commissioning ceremony for the Navy's newest ship, the USS Anchorage on May 4, 2013. The amphibious transport dock ship is 684 feet long. It has a crew of 360 Sailors and accommodates about 700 troops.
Marc Lester
Guests arrive for the commissioning ceremony. Several thousand gathered at the Port of Anchorage for the commissioning ceremony for the Navy's newest ship, the USS Anchorage on May 4, 2013. The amphibious transport dock ship is 684 feet long. It has a crew of 360 Sailors and accommodates about 700 troops.
Marc Lester
Artillery is fired from the Port of Anchorage during the ceremony. Several thousand gathered at the Port of Anchorage for the commissioning ceremony for the Navy's newest ship, the USS Anchorage on May 4, 2013. The amphibious transport dock ship is 684 feet long. It has a crew of 360 Sailors and accommodates about 700 troops.
Marc Lester
Cmdr. Joel Stewart and Gov. Sean Parnell arrive for the commissioning ceremony. Several thousand gathered at the Port of Anchorage for the commissioning ceremony for the Navy's newest ship, the USS Anchorage on May 4, 2013. The amphibious transport dock ship is 684 feet long. It has a crew of 360 Sailors and accommodates about 700 troops.
Marc Lester
Several thousand gathered at the Port of Anchorage for the commissioning ceremony for the Navy's newest ship, the USS Anchorage on May 4, 2013. The amphibious transport dock ship is 684 feet long. It has a crew of 360 Sailors and accommodates about 700 troops.
Marc Lester
Several thousand gathered at the Port of Anchorage for the commissioning ceremony for the Navy's newest ship, the USS Anchorage on May 4, 2013. The amphibious transport dock ship is 684 feet long. It has a crew of 360 Sailors and accommodates about 700 troops.
Marc Lester
Several thousand gathered at the Port of Anchorage for the commissioning ceremony for the Navy's newest ship, the USS Anchorage on May 4, 2013. The amphibious transport dock ship is 684 feet long. It has a crew of 360 Sailors and accommodates about 700 troops.
Marc Lester
Sailors and Marines line the flight deck of the USS Anchorage at the conclusion of the commissioning ceremony Saturday. Several thousand gathered at the Port of Anchorage for the commissioning ceremony for the Navy's newest ship, the USS Anchorage on May 4, 2013. The amphibious transport dock ship is 684 feet long. It has a crew of 360 Sailors and accommodates about 700 troops.
Marc Lester
Marines line up for the commissioning ceremony. Several thousand gathered at the Port of Anchorage for the commissioning ceremony for the Navy's newest ship, the USS Anchorage on May 4, 2013. The amphibious transport dock ship is 684 feet long. It has a crew of 360 Sailors and accommodates about 700 troops.
Marc Lester
Seamen cross the USS Anchorage's flight deck. Several thousand gathered at the Port of Anchorage for the commissioning ceremony for the Navy's newest ship, the USS Anchorage on May 4, 2013. The amphibious transport dock ship is 684 feet long. It has a crew of 360 Sailors and accommodates about 700 troops.
Marc Lester
The US flag is raised at the stern of the USS Anchorage. Several thousand gathered at the Port of Anchorage for the commissioning ceremony for the Navy's newest ship, the USS Anchorage on May 4, 2013. The amphibious transport dock ship is 684 feet long. It has a crew of 360 Sailors and accommodates about 700 troops.
Marc Lester
David Mosley / U.S. Coast Guard The USS Anchorage was commissioned at the port of Anchorage on May 4, 2013.
David Mosley
David Mosley / U.S. Coast Guard The USS Anchorage was commissioned at the port of Anchorage on May 4, 2013.
David Mosley
David Mosley / U.S. Coast Guard The USS Anchorage was commissioned at the port of Anchorage on May 4, 2013.
David Mosley
David Mosley / U.S. Coast Guard The USS Anchorage was commissioned at the port of Anchorage on May 4, 2013.
David Mosley
David Mosley / U.S. Coast Guard The USS Anchorage was commissioned at the port of Anchorage on May 4, 2013.
David Mosley
David Mosley / U.S. Coast Guard The USS Anchorage was commissioned at the port of Anchorage on May 4, 2013.
David Mosley
David Mosley / U.S. Coast Guard The USS Anchorage was commissioned at the port of Anchorage on May 4, 2013.
David Mosley
David Mosley / U.S. Coast Guard The USS Anchorage was commissioned at the port of Anchorage on May 4, 2013.
David Mosley
David Mosley / U.S. Coast Guard The USS Anchorage was commissioned at the port of Anchorage on May 4, 2013.
David Mosley
David Mosley / U.S. Coast Guard The USS Anchorage was commissioned at the port of Anchorage on May 4, 2013.
David Mosley
David Mosley / U.S. Coast Guard The USS Anchorage was commissioned at the port of Anchorage on May 4, 2013.
David Mosley
David Mosley / U.S. Coast Guard The USS Anchorage was commissioned at the port of Anchorage on May 4, 2013.
David Mosley
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