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Sailors and Marines man the rails as the ship is brought to life during the commissioning of San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Anchorage (LPD 23) at the Port of Anchorage. More than 4,000 people gathered to witness the ship's commissioning in its namesake city of Anchorage, Alaska. Anchorage, the seventh San Antonio-class LPD, is the second ship to be named for the city and the first U.S. Navy ship to be commissioned in Alaska. (U.S. Marine Corps Imagery by Lance Cpl. Alexander Quiles/RELEASED)

Photo by Lance Cpl. Alexander Quiles

Marines attend USS Anchorage commissioning ceremony

29 May 2013 | Lance Cpl. Cody Haas

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – More than 200 Marines and sailors with Task Force Denali participated in the USS Anchorage commissioning ceremony in Anchorage, Alaska, May 4, 2013.

“Everyone with Task Force Denali was proud to be such an important part of the ceremony,” said Cpl. David Basom, an ammunition technician with Ammunition Company, 1st Supply Battalion, Combat Logistics Regiment 15, 1st Marine Logistics Group.

The USS Anchorage is the second ship to be named after the city of Anchorage and the first U.S. Navy ship to be commissioned in the state.

“It was encouraging to see so many Marines and sailors,” said Serge Jorgen, a native of Anchorage, Alaska. “The commissioning ceremony was great for the city of Anchorage and our community.”

The ceremony officially welcomed the USS Anchorage to the fleet, making it the seventh San Antonio-class LPD built and delivered to the U.S. Navy since September 2012.
Inclement weather did not stop crowds from all over Anchorage and the surrounding area to gather at the port for the ceremony.

“It was snowing and incredibly cold,” said Ritta Sorza, a 43-year-old native of Anchorage, Alaska. “It was a true Alaskan welcome.”

The ship’s primary mission will be to transport Marines and their equipment to troubled spots around the world.



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