The U.S.S. Anchorage arrived in San Diego
Contact: Lindsey Whitt, Communications Director
Office of Mayor Dan Sullivan
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
The U.S.S. Anchorage arrived in San Diego, CA today at 9:30 a.m. after nine days at sea following a historical journey and Alaska's first commissioning ceremony of a United States vessel.
The City of Anchorage and the United States Navy League Chapter 151 will continue to communicate with CDR Stewart and crew of the U.S.S. Anchorage and will issue regular press releases to the media. To keep up to date with the ship people are encouraged to visit www.ussanchoragenavy.com and Facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/Anchorage-Navy-League/513864351982670.
Mayor Sullivan's office reports that the ship's visit to Anchorage was highly successful. "We had a fantastic visit with the crew. The outpouring of support from community was humbling. We showed the crew, the US Navy and the nation what Alaskans are made of. I think Anchorage should be proud," said Sullivan.
One resident of Anchorage was in San Diego to greet the ship and will host a BBQ with the crew and family members on behalf of the committee on May 19th. Lindsey Whitt, member of the U.S.S. Anchorage Commissioning Committee said, "This ship is an amazing gift to our city. I hope that the city can continue the relationship with the vessel and assist in their humanitarian efforts in the future."
Over 15,000 people visited the ship during tours. Over 100 volunteers and the crew of the ship worked late into the night during the public tours to show the ship to as many residents as possible.
Virtual tours, coloring books and the commissioning ceremony can all be viewed at www.ussanchoragenavy.com.
The U.S.S. Anchorage Commissioning Committee worked on a petition in 2011 to encourage Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus to select Anchorage as the host city for the commissioning ceremony. In January 2012 SECNAV Mabus approved the petition. The ship arrived at the Port of Anchorage on May 1 and was commissioned and entered into service in her namesake city on May 4, 2013, departing Anchorage for her homeport of San Diego two days later.