The United States Navy commissioned USS Anchorage (LPD 23), on May 4, 2013. Maritime tradition was on display in Alaska’s largest city as the command was given to “man our ship and bring her to life.”
It was a historic occasion: the first time the Navy has held a ship commissioning ceremony in Anchorage, Alaska. On May 4, the ship officially became the USS Anchorage and a unit of the operating forces of the United States Navy. School, public and educational tours were held leading up to the official commissioning.
The Anchorage’s home port is San Diego, Calif. Previous ships bearing local names include the USS Anchorage (1967-2003), the USS Juneau and four ships titled USS Alaska.
Anchorage is home to a large military community; Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson (JBER) is just a north of the city. Visitors interested in exploring Alaska's military history can check out exhibits in a number of Anchorage museums and cultural centers. The Alaska Veterans Museum recognizes the contributions of service members in Alaska from the territorial guard to today.
Get out and enjoy 300 miles of hiking and biking trails. Bikes are available for rent by the hour at several downtown shops. You can also drive or take a shuttle to the state’s most climbed peak, Flattop.
Experience wildlife first hand in our city at the Alaska Zoo or head to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. Take a day cruise in Prince William Sound or Resurrection Bay for glacier and wildlife viewing or take off on a flightseeing tour around Mount McKinley.