SAN DIEGO, Calif
. – Cadets from the Service High School Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (NJROTC) in Anchorage, Alaska, visited the future USS Anchorage (LPD 23) April 2 as part of a senior cadet trip.
The occasion marked the first visit by both Native Alaskan and Alaskan students to the Navy’s newest amphibious transport dock that is named for the municipality of Anchorage and will be commissioned there May 4.
Sixteen cadets toured and dined on the ship, getting a firsthand look at daily shipboard operations that included aviation training team fire drills on the flight deck and medical readiness inspections.
“We were very fortunate with the timing of our senior class trip to make it down here to [San Diego] prior to the ship’s arrival,” said retired Gunnery Sgt. Tom Foust, who is one of the naval science instructors at Service High School. “The city is greatly anticipating the commissioning event, and it means a lot to the students to be able to among those with a first look at the ship that will bear our city’s name and heritage.”
Cadet Lt. Spencer Tee, the unit’s student commanding officer, said the experience solidified his decision for entering active duty service after he graduates in May.
“My entire experience in NJROTC has been a positive influence in my life and seeing how Sailors operate and visiting this ship feeds my passion for wanting to give more to not only my country, but my family back home,” said Tee, who noted he is currently in the enlistment process for serving in the U.S. Marine Corps.
Anchorage is the seventh San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock.
She was built at the Huntington Ingalls Industries Shipbuilding site in Avondale, La. and delivered to the U.S. Navy Sept. 17. The ship will be commissioned in May in her namesake city of Anchorage, Alaska and is the second ship to be named for the city.
For more information on Anchorage, visit http://www.public.navy.mil/surfor/lpd23
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