Introduction by Maj. Gen. Timothy C. Hanifen, U.S. Marine Corps:
This weekend, as director of Expeditionary Warfare, I will attend the commissioning of the amphibious dock landing ship USS Anchorage (LPD 23) as we welcome the newest warship to our fleet, with the motto of “Nil Fato Relinquemus,” translated in English as “We Leave Nothing to Chance.”
USS Anchorage is proudly named after and in honor of the city of Anchorage, Alaska, where the commissioning is being held. This marks a great moment for our amphibious force and I wanted to take this opportunity to highlight the capabilities of the newest LPD 17 class ship.
Designated LPD 23, Anchorage is the seventh amphibious transport dock ship in the San Antonio class. As an element of future expeditionary strike groups, the ship will support Marine Corps ship-to-shore mobility, which consists of the landing craft air cushion vehicle, amphibious assault vehicles and the Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft. The Navy accepted delivery of the future USS Anchorage from Huntington Ingalls Industries in Avondale, La., Sept. 17, 2012.
Anchorage will provide improved warfighting capabilities, including an advanced command-and-control suite, increased lift-capability in vehicle and cargo-carrying capacity and advanced ship-survivability features. The ship is capable of embarking a landing force of up to 800 Marines.
The first USS Anchorage (LSD 36) was commissioned in 1969, earning the Meritorious Unit Commendation and six battle stars for Vietnam service, receiving the Navy Unit Citation and the Southwest Asia Service Medal (2 stars) for Operation Desert Storm, and supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. When decommissioned in 2003, the first USS Anchorage was the most decorated dock landing ship on the West Coast.