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USS Anchorage (LPD 23)

NIL FATO RELINQUEMUS: This group is for Navy, Marine Corps parents and loved ones serving aboard the USS Anchorage (LPD 23) @ussanchorage #ArcticGator #LPD23 #AnchorageNation #NASAOrion

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Latest Activity: Jul 26, 2022

About the Arctic Gator...

Homeport: Naval Base San Diego, CA

USS Anchorage (LPD-23), the seventh San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock, is the second ship of the United States Navy to be named for Anchorage, Alaska and the first U.S. Navy ship to be commissioned in Alaska.

The San Antonio-class is the first class of ship equipped with a state-of-the-art fiber-optic Shipboard Wide Area Network (SWAN). Its design provides computer and network access linking every manned space on the ship, to include troop/crew berthing. The SWAN’s design also allows for future growth over the life of the ship as technology advances. Over 760 SWAN drops (i.e. access points) will support computer workstations or other uses throughout the ship.

Anchorage's keel was laid down on September 24, 2007 at the Avondale Shipyard in New Orleans, Louisiana, then owned by Northrop Grumman Ship Systems. The ship was launched on February 12, 2011. She was christened two months later, May 14 - the first ship christened by Huntington Ingalls Industries since Northrop Grumman spun off its shipbuilding divisions as a separate company. The ship's sponsor is Annette Conway, wife of former Marine Corps Commandant General James T. Conway. The ship was formally delivered and accepted by the US Navy on September 17, 2012.

On November 21, 2012 the Pre-Commissioning Unit Anchorage (LPD 23) moored pierside for the first time at her homeport in San Diego during a homecoming ceremony.

The Anchorage was commissioned on May 4, 2013 in her namesake city ...


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USS Anchorage supports HM-14 airborne mine countermeasures training, RIMPAC July 23, 2014

Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) 2nd Class Oliverjay Espina directs a Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron 14 aircraft aboard amphibious transport dock USS Anchorage (LPD 23) off the coast of San Diego during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercise 2014. Twenty-two nations, 49 ships, six submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC from June 26 to Aug. 1 in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. The world's largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity that helps participants foster and sustain the cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world's oceans. RIMPAC 2014 is the 24th exercise in the series that began in 1971.
(U.S. Navy Photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Elena Pence/Released)

Wide view of the pier at which USS Anchorage off-loaded the Orion capsule at Naval Station San Diego, December 8, 2014...
photo credit by: Kevin Balrd

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Anchorage Holds First Change of Command...

Started by NavyDads Co-Admin, Gary Apr 19, 2013. 0 Replies

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Comment by NavyDads Co-Admin, Gary on November 7, 2012 at 3:19pm
Comment by NavyDads Co-Admin, Gary on November 5, 2012 at 4:12pm

USS Anchorage will be commissioned in May

Published: November 2, 2012
The Associated Press

ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- The USS Anchorage will be commissioned in its namesake city on May 4.

Mayor Dan Sullivan's office in a release says Navy Secretary Ray Mabus has approved the commissioning date for the first-ever such ceremony in Alaska. The USS Anchorage will spend 10 days in Anchorage, where tours of the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship will be offered.

San Diego will be its homeport.

It's the second Navy ship to carry the name Anchorage. The first was decommissioned in October 2003 after a deployment to the Arabian Gulf during Operation Iraqi Freedom. It was in service 34 years.

Comment by NavyDads Co-Admin, Gary on November 3, 2012 at 11:11am

Thank you guys! :)

Comment by Dana Payton on November 3, 2012 at 11:04am

Congrats to your son, Gary!

Everyone know they are under weigh and headed home? ;) [at last! :D]

Comment by NavyDads Admin (Paul) on November 3, 2012 at 11:02am

Bravo Zulu Gary !!!

Comment by NavyDads Co-Admin, Gary on November 3, 2012 at 10:57am

Earlier this year, my son was nominated for Bluejacket of the Quarter (BJOQ) and just recently, I found out that he's been nominated for the Bluejacket of the Year (BJOY) where he will again face a board interview.

It is such a great honor just to be nominated for these awards. I'm so proud of him and wish him well!...

Comment by NavyDads Co-Admin, Gary on October 25, 2012 at 12:47am

I just wanted to give a big shout out to MC1 and BMC(SW/AW) for keeping us Anchorage folks posted through public social media you guys are awesome! -- Thank You!...

Comment by NavyDads Co-Admin, Gary on October 24, 2012 at 12:29am

121020 -- The cars are on the ship and homeport is that much closer. One busy week followed by another, but we're ready! --MC1

Comment by NavyDads Co-Admin, Gary on October 13, 2012 at 10:26am

Comment by NavyDads Co-Admin, Gary on October 12, 2012 at 11:52pm

Dana and Charles, I was texting with my son today and I mentioned to him that you guys joined this group.

It turns out that our sons know each other.

I was excited to hear this it made my Friday! I thought wow it truly is a small world. My son is in the AIR dept. and mentioned that he pretty much knows everyone on the ship (I gather he made this a point or is making it one) which I'm glad to hear.

They celebrated the Navy's 237th Birthday earlier today...

Have a great weekend you guys!



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