Military

Navy guided-missile destroyer visits Anchorage

  • Author: Loren Holmes
  • Updated: August 15
  • Published August 15
The guided-missile destroyer USS Momsen sails past Fire Island, right, on its way to the Port of Alaska Wednesday morning, Aug. 15, 2018. The U.S. Navy ship will be in Anchorage until Saturday. (Loren Holmes / ADN)
The guided-missile destroyer USS Momsen sails past downtown Anchorage on its way to the Port of Alaska Wednesday morning, Aug. 15, 2018. The U.S. Navy ship will be in Anchorage until Saturday. (Loren Holmes / ADN)
Crew members from the USS Momsen secure lines at the Port of Alaska Wednesday morning, Aug. 15, 2018. The U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer will be in Anchorage until Saturday. (Loren Holmes / ADN)
Crew members from the USS Momsen secure lines at the Port of Alaska Wednesday morning, Aug. 15, 2018. The U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer will be in Anchorage until Saturday. (Loren Holmes / ADN)
Seaman Denisse Ruiz polishes the bell on the USS Momsen at the Port of Alaska Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018. The U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer will be in Anchorage until Saturday. (Loren Holmes / ADN)
Cmdr. Elaine Brunelle, commanding officer of the guided-missile destroyer USS Momsen, speaks to reporters Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018 at the Port of Alaska. The Momsen will be in Anchorage until Saturday. (Loren Holmes / ADN)
An E-3 Sentry flies past the U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer Momsen Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018 at the Port of Alaska. The Momsen will be in Anchorage until Saturday. (Loren Holmes / ADN)
Crew members gather belongings in the Combat Information Center aboard the U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer Momsen Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018 at the Port of Alaska. The Momsen will be in Anchorage until Saturday. (Loren Holmes / ADN)
The bridge of the U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer Momsen Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018 at the Port of Alaska. The Momsen will be in Anchorage until Saturday. (Loren Holmes / ADN)
The guided-missile destroyer USS Momsen docks at the Port of Alaska Wednesday morning, Aug. 15, 2018. The U.S. Navy ship will be in Anchorage until Saturday. (Loren Holmes / ADN)
A sextant, used for celestial navigation, sits on a table on the bridge of the U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer Momsen Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018 at the Port of Alaska. Crew members use many different methods of navigation, including the sextant. (Loren Holmes / ADN)
A map, one of a number of resources used for navigation aboard the U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer Momsen Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018 at the Port of Alaska. The Momsen will be in Anchorage until Saturday. (Loren Holmes / ADN)

The U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer Momsen docked at the Port of Alaska on Wednesday. The ship's visit to Alaska coincided with the Arctic Maritime Symposium, a multi-agency discussion of the challenges and opportunities presented by Arctic maritime operations.

The USS Momsen will be docked at the port until Saturday and will host small community groups. There will not be any public tours.

The Momsen's crew of roughly 320 will be visiting Anchorage throughout the week, enjoying a few days of shore leave before the ship departs Saturday.