USS ANCHORAGE
LPD 23
  
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The Anchorage (LPD 23), a seventh San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock, is the second ship of the United States Navy to be named for the largest city in Alaska.

May 14, 2011 The Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Anchorage was christened during a 10 a.m. CDT ceremony at Huntington Ingalls Industries - Avondale Shipyard in Avondale, La. Annette Conway, wife of former Marine Corps Commandant General James T. Conway, served as sponsor of the ship. Cmdr. Brian J. Quin is the prospective commanding officer.

May 18, 2012 PCU Anchorage successfully completed builder’s trials in the Gulf of Mexico. Underway for Bravo trials from June 20-22.

Sept. 17, The U.S. Navy took delivery of LPD 23 during a ceremony at Huntington Ingalls Industries in Avondale, La. After completion of acceptance trials in July, the shipbuilder performed corrections of deficiencies noted during trials. The Anchorage was underway to confirm satisfactory completion of corrections from Sept. 12-13.

November 6, The amphibious transport dock recently arrived in Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for a brief port call to take on fuel and supplies. Transited Panama Canal on Nov. 9.

November 14, LPD 23 pulled into Manzanillo, Mexico, for a scheduled port visit.

November 21, The Anchorage arrived in its homeport of Naval Base San Diego at San Diego, Calif., after a 22-day transit from Avondale, La.

January 17, 2013 PCU Anchorage conducted its first ever underway replenishment (UNREP), with the Military Sealift Command (MSC) fleet replenishment oiler USNS Kaiser (T-AO 187), off the coast of southern California; Underway for flight deck certifications in early February.

March 8, PCU Anchorage recently pulled into Naval Base Ventura County in Port Hueneme, Calif., for a week-long combat system assessment and air defense rehearsal training with the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC). The ship is currently completing its Combat System Ship Qualification Trials (CSSQT).

March 18, General Dynamics NASSCO has been awarded an $18,7 million modification to a previously awarded contract (N00024-12-C-2400) for the Anchorage's Post Shakedown Availability (PSA). Work is expected to be completed by December 2013.

April 18, Cmdr. Joel G. Stewart relieved Cmdr. Brian J. Quin as CO of the LPD 23 during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ship at Naval Base San Diego.

April 22, The amphibious transport dock departed San Diego for deck landing qualifications en route to its namesake city; Arrived for a five-day port visit on May 1.

May 4, USS Anchorage was commmissioned during a 10 a.m. ceremony at the Port of Anchorage, Alaska.

July 18, The Anchorage returned to homeport after a week-long underway for final contract trials of the coast of southern California. Moored at Deperming Pier at Naval Base Point Loma for magnetic deperming in late July; Commenced a four-month Post Shakedown Availability (PSA) at Naval Base San Diego on Aug. 6.

March 18, 2014 USS Anchorage departed homeport for routine training and Amphibious Warfare Certification, with embarked Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF).

March 27, Two MV-22 Osprey aircraft, assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 161 and embarked aboard the Anchorage, arrived at Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, for training and demonstrations.

March 28, LPD 23 moored at Berth M1, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for a 10-day port call in conjunction with the 23rd Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Hawaii.

From April 7-10, the Anchorage conducted training with the U.S. Army's 25th Combat Aviation Brigade (CAB) and 3rd Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, off the coast of Kaneohe Bay; Returned to San Diego on April 18.

July 10, USS Anchorage departed Naval Base San Diego for an 18-day underway to participate in a multinational mine countermeasures exercise as afloat sea-base for Commander, Task Group 177.1, off the coast of southern California, in support of Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2014. USS Coronado (LCS 4), USS Champion (MCM 4), USS Scout (MCM 8), USNS Millinocket (JHSV 3) and USNS Montford Point (T-MLP 1) are also participating.

July 31, The Anchorage departed homeport to participate in Underway Recovery Test (URT) 2, in support of NASA's Orion program.

August 5, USS Anchorage moored at Berth 90/91, World Cruise Terminal in Port of Los Angeles, San Pedro, Calif., for a six-day port visit to participate in 17th annual L.A. Navy Days.

August 15, Capt. Michael D. McKenna relieved Cmdr. Joel G. Stewart as the 3rd CO of Anchorage during a change-of-command ceremony aboard the ship at Naval Base San Diego.

September 19, LPD 23 returned to San Diego after a week-long underway, off the coast of southern California, in support of Underway Recovery Test (URT) 3 and 4 for the NASA's Orion program.

December 5, USS Anchorage conducted an at-sea recovery of the Orion crew module, approximately 380 nautical miles west of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, that was launched from Cape Canaveral, Fla., at 7.05 a.m. EST and splashed down at 8.30 a.m. PST. After the capsule landed in the Pacific Ocean, the ship maneuvered close to it along with small boats to retrieve the equipment safely. Divers attached lines from the small boats to guide the capsule toward Anchorage, where a NASA-designed winch hauled the capsule into the well deck.

Decembrer 8, The Anchorage returned to homeport after a week-long underway in support of NASA's Exploration Flight Test 1 (EFT-1).

January 23, 2015 USS Anchorage departed Naval Base San Diego for a two-week Sustainment Exercise (SUSTEX) in preparation for upcoming deployment as part of the USS Essex (LHD 2) ARG; Underway for Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 3/Marine Expeditionary Unit Integration Training (PMINT), with the 15th MEU, from Feb. 23- March 10.

March 16, The amphibious transport dock departed San Diego for a 16-day underway to participate in a Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX); Moored at Bravo Pier, NAS North Island for a brief stop to onload ammunition on April 1; Underway for Certification Exercise (CERTEX) from April 8-21.

May 11, USS Anchorage departed Pier 6, Naval Base San Diego for a scheduled maiden deployment.

From May 18-21, the Anchorage participated in amphibious exercise Culebra Koa, off the coast of Oahu, Hawaii; Transited the Surigao Strait southbound on June 4.

June 9, USS Anchorage anchored off the coast of Laem Chabang, Thailand, for a three-day liberty visit to Pattaya; Transited the Strait of Singapore on June 14; Arrived in the Gulf of Aden on June 26.

July 7, LPD 23 moored at Berth 1, Sultan Qaboos Port in Muscat, Oman, for a liberty port visit.

August 6, The Anchorage commenced offload of Marines and equipment at Arta Beach, Djibouti, for sustainment training exercises with the French military; Backload from Aug. 27-28.?

September 3, Capt. John J. Cummings relieved Capt. Michael D. McKenna as CO of the USS Anchorage during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ship in the Gulf of Aden.

September 6, USS Anchorage moored at Container Terminal in Port of Salalah, Oman, for a four-day liberty visit; Inport Duqm, Oman, for upkeep from Sept. 2?-29.

October 7, Marines assigned to Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, completed a 16-day bilateral training exercise with the French 5th Overseas Combined Arms Regiment (RIAOM) in Djibouti.

October 15, USS Anchorage moored at Container Terminal in Port of Eilat, Israel, for a four-day port visit.

October 19, The amphibious transport dock moored at Jordanian Naval Base, south of Aqaba, for a five-day port call to conduct agricultural counter-measure washdowns; Transited the Bab el-Mandeb Strait southbound on Oct. 28.?

November 4, USS Anchorage rendered assistance and provided food, water and car batteries to the crew of a stranded Sri Lankan-flagged fishing vessel M/V Lakshan, around 12:30 p.m. local time, that had been at sea without power for one day and 300 miles from the nearest land.

November 10, The Anchorage moored at Conventional Terminal in Port of Muara, Brunei, for a two-day port call in support of Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) exercise.

November 16, USS Anchorage moored at China Merchants Wharf in Kennedy Town, Hong Kong Island, for a four-day liberty port visit; Inport Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, from Dec. 3-6.

December 13, LPD 23 anchored off Camp Pendleton, Calif., for offload and to embark more "Tigers."

December 15, USS Anchorage moored at Berth 2, Pier 8 on Naval Base San Diego after a seven-month deployment in the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet Areas of Responsibility (AoR).

January 27, 2016 BAE Systems San Diego Ship Repair was awarded a $25,6 million modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-10-C-4407) for the USS Anchorage's Selected Restricted Availability (SRA). Work is expected to be completed by October.

January 29, The Anchorage departed homeport for a routine training and to offload ammunition at the Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach; Returned home on Feb. 5.

February 17, USS Anchorage moored at Berth 2, Broadway Pier in downtown San Diego; Held an "Open House" from Feb. 17-18; Moored at Berth 6, Pier 4 after a brief underway off the coast of San Diego on Feb. 19; Moored at Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) Continental Maritime of San Diego shipyard on March 5.?

November 15, The Anchorage moved "dead-stick" from CMSD shipyard to Berth 2, Pier 12 on Naval Base San Diego.