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November 21, 2012 / iDriveWarships

USS Anchorage Makes Thanksgiving Arrival in New Homeport

The Navy’s newest amphibious ship, Pre-Commissioning Unit Anchorage (LPD 23) arrived in its new homeport of San Diego today. The Amphibious Transport Dock (LPD) set sail from the Huntington Ingalls Industries shipbuilding site in Avondale, La. on Oct. 30, completing nearly six years of construction.

While on its journey, the ship transited the Panama Canal and made a port visit to Manzanillo, Mexico. With a beam measuring 105 feet, Anchorage is among the largest class of ships able to safely pass through the canal’s 110-foot locks. This transit took the crew 13 hours to complete. 

The Anchorage crew will now spend the next few months working on certifications, and completing the installation of non-essential ship systems prior to sailing to her namesake Anchorage, Alaska for commissioning.

Anchorage is the second ship to bear the name, and the seventh San Antonio-class LPD. She was delivered to the Navy on Sept. 17 and will be commissioned in May.

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.

*Photo by MCCS(SW/AW) Robert Winkler

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