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USS Anchorage (LPD 23) Commissioned in Alaska

Sailors and Marines man the rails after bringing the ship to life during the commissioning of the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Anchorage (LPD 23) at the Port of Anchorage, May 4. More than 4,000 people gathered to witness the ship's commissioning in its namesake city of Anchorage, Alaska. Anchorage, the seventh San Antonio-class LPD, is the second ship to be named for the city and the first U.S. Navy ship to be commissioned in Alaska. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class James R. Evans/Released)

USS Anchorage (LPD 23), an amphibious transport dock ship, was commissioned during a ceremony held May 4 in her namesake city of Anchorage, Alaska. You can watch the commissioning ceremony and replay an enhanced moderated chat of the ceremony below. Below is a moderated enhanced chat of the commissioning ceremony.

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USS Anchorage Joins the Fleet

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 …

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YOUR Navy Today – Vietnam, North Arabian Sea, Pacific Ocean

130420-N-TC437-554 PACIFIC OCEAN (April 20, 2013) An E-2C Hawkeye, top, from the Golden Hawks of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 112, and a C-2A Greyhound from the Providers of Fleet Logistics Combat Support Squadron (VRC) 30, fly in formation during an air power demonstration above the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). The John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group is returning from an eight-month deployment to the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet areas of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Ignacio D. Perez/Released)

On any given day, in your Navy, our team of more than 600,000 professional Sailors and civilians are working together around the globe to perform our mission: deter aggression and, if deterrence fails, win our Nation’s wars. It is not possible to share every aspect of this global team but, …

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Enhanced Carrier Presence—What Do I Need to Know…Why Should I Care?

An MV-22 Osprey from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 166 takes off from the flight deck of aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), Feb. 16, 2013. Carl Vinson was underway conducting Precision Approach Landing System (PALS) and flight deck certifications. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Timothy A. Hazel/Released)

This week, while in line at the commissary and exchange—when you are scanning the candy bar selection or gossip magazines —you might notice the cover of this week’s Navy Times.  Then you might ask yourself—“we have a new deployment plan?” “Aircraft carriers and their escorts will shift next year to …

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LCS Developments

The Littoral Combat Ship USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) sails alongside USS Nimitz (CVN 68) as part of a strait transit demonstration during the aircraft carrier's Sustainment Exercise off the coast of Southern California, April 14. Fort Worth, a semi-planing, mono-hull vessel, is a fast, agile, and mission-focused platform designed to employ modular mission packages that can be configured for three separate purposes: surface warfare, mine countermeasures, or anti-submarine warfare. The ship is designed to operate in hostile near-shore environments, known as "the littorals", and to defeat asymmetric "anti-access" threats such as mines, quiet diesel submarines and fast surface craft. Fort Worth is the second of the Freedom variant of LCS. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Phil Ladouceur/Released)

An important milestone in the littoral combat ship program was the arrival of USS Freedom (LCS 1) in Singapore this week, highlighting the next phase of her deployment to Southeast Asia.   Freedom transited the Pacific Ocean while making scheduled port visits in Hawaii, Guam and the Philippines. The ship is currently being operated …

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