Named for the largest city in Alaska 

USS Anchorage 
Anchorage, AK.
The USS Anchorage is named for the largest city in Alaska, nicknamed “The City of Light and Flowers”, which has an important port and is the northernmost major city in the United States.  Anchorage was founded in 1914 at the head of Cook Inlet.

USS Anchorage (LPD 23) was commissioned in May, 2012. The ship’s primary mission is to embark, transport and land elements of a U.S. Marine Corps landing force in a variety of expeditionary and special operations capable missions using expeditionary fighting vehicles (EFVs); landing craft, air cushion (LCAC); tilt-rotor MV-22 Ospreys and CH-46 Sea Knight helicopters.

America’s Naval expeditionary forces, particularly its multi-mission expeditionary strike groups and Marine expeditionary units, are the leading edge of global operations that protect important U.S. interests, allies, and friendly nations, maintaining peace and stability around the world and providing quick, effective crisis response. LPD 23 will have ample command and control, communications connectivity, medical and dental spaces, and self sufficiency.

Keel Laid: 2007
Christened: 2011
Commissioned: 2012
Ready to meet mission requirements!

1st USS Anchorage

USS Anchorage (LSD 36) was commissioned at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, Va., on 15 March 1969. LSD 36 was the lead ship of the Anchorage class of Dock Landing Ships. After arriving at her homeport in San Diego, LSD 36 operated in the Pacific theater. One of her first duties was to transport the personnel and equipment of the 7th Motor Battalion from Viet Nam back to the United States. Highlights of the USS Anchorage were completion of nineteen Western Pacific deployments, landing craft support in Operation Desert Storm and support for the USS Cole after she was crippled by an attack by a small boat filled with explosives. The USS Anchorage was the most decorated dock landing ship on the West Coast including a the Meritorious Unit Commendation and six battle stars for Vietnam service and a Navy Unit Citation and the South West Asia Service Medal (2 stars) for service in Desert Storm. After decommissioning the Anchorage was sunk as a target during exercise RIMPAC 2010 off the coast of Kauai, Hi., on July 17, 2010. For more history on the first USS Anchorage visit the Navy Archive page at

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