SAN DIEGO, Calif.
- Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus approved the Port of Anchorage as the location for amphibious transport dock ship USS Anchorage's LPD 23) commissioning ceremony, which is tentatively scheduled to take place in the fall of 2012.
The announcement came from the Alaskan congressional delegation which made a formal announcement to the city in a joint statement Jan. 9 after being notified of the decision from the Secretary's office.
"Alaskans are among the strongest supporters of the U.S. military and have a long tradition of building relationships and supporting our active duty members and veterans," said Sen. Mark Begich, D-AK, in the joint statement. "This commissioning will give Alaskans from across the state a chance to come out and show the pride and respect we feel for having a Navy vessel bear the name of Alaska's largest city."
Cmdr. Brian Quin, pre-commissioning unit commanding officer, echoed the delegation's excitement in the announcement, explaining that the city of Anchorage was always the crew's top selection for the commissioning ceremony.
"The city has a rich history and a culture as diverse as the crew we've so far assembled," he said. "It means a lot to our Sailors to be able to celebrate that history and culture in the city for which our ship has been named. We know we will make the city proud."
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 the Navy's seventh San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship and is under construction at Huntington Ingalls Industries shipbuilding site in Avondale, near New Orleans, La. The ship is scheduled to be delivered in the spring of 2012, commissioned in the fall of 2012 andhomeported in San Diego.