USS Anchorage to visit its namesake city

Apr 27, 2013 -- 12:00pm


- ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - The USS Anchorage is en route to Alaska. The new Navy ship is expected to arrive at about 10 a.m. Wednesday in its namesake city, two days before it is scheduled to be commissioned at the Port of Anchorage. The ship will spend four days in Anchorage. Channel-2 News reports It was initially supposed to spend two weeks in the city, but federal budget cuts forced the ship to shorten its stay. The USS Anchorage is a San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship. It's meant to support landing operations, launching boats and hovercraft from a floodable aft. The ship's upper flight deck can support helicopters as well. Tours of the USS Anchorage will be offered on Thursday and Friday. An invitation-only commissioning ceremony will follow on Saturday.

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