Residents can get their first look at Anchorage today, the USS Anchorage, that is, the latest U.S. Navy ship named for the state’s largest city.
The amphibious transport dock arrived at the port of Anchorage on Wednesday ahead of a commissioning ceremony scheduled for Saturday, the first ceremony of its kind in Alaska.
Tours will be offered today and tomorrow in the ships namesake city, from 1-8 today and 2-8 on Friday, with shuttle buses provided from the Northway mall and Sears mall.
The four-day visit was originally planned to be a two-week stay, however, federal budget cuts forced the ship to shorten its stay.
The 684-foot vessel, christened USS Anchorage at a Louisiana Shipyard in 2010, replacing the Marine Corps previous amphibious landing ship named “Anchorage” which was decommissioned in 2003.