AVONDALE, La. - Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) delivered Monday the seventh San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship, Anchorage (LPD 23), to the U.S. Navy during a ceremony held in the well deck of the ship.
Cmdr. Brian Quin, the ship’s commanding officer, accepted delivery completing a five-year process that started when the keel of the ship was laid in September 2007.
“It is with the tireless dedication and professionalism of both the shipbuilders and the crew that we have made it to this day,” Quin said during the ceremony. “For the next 40 years this ship will bear witness around the world to the exceptional craftsmanship of her Louisiana shipbuilders.”
The ship will remain at the HII Avondale shipyard near New Orleans until later this fall as the crew, which has been assembling over the last year, moves aboard and trains on the ship’s systems.
Seaman Cruz Boseman, one of three Sailors on board who call Anchorage’s namesake city their hometown, said it is a great honor to be apart of the ship’s first crew.
“I know everyone back home is as excited that I am to see this ship come to life,” said Boseman, who enlisted in the Navy last May. “I know it’s going to a great experience for me to be able to contribute and bring a piece of home on this ship. The city has such a great heritage and I know the ship will have a lasting one as well.”
Anchorage is the second ship to bear the name. The first Anchorage (LSD 36) served the Navy for 34 years and was decommissioned in October 2003 at the conclusion of a deployment to the Arabian Gulf in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Anchorage is scheduled to be commissioned in the Spring of 2013 in its namesake city of Anchorage, Ak. and homeported in San Diego.