USS ANCHORAGE was the lead ship of the ANCHORAGE - class of Dock Landing Ships and the first ship in the Navy named after the largest city of Alaska. The ANCHORAGE was last homeported in San Diego, Calif., and was the last ship in her class to be decommissioned.
The ship completed 19 Western Pacific deployments and was the most decorated dock landing ship on the West Coast. The ANCHORAGE returned home in July 2003 from a surge deployment as part of Task Force 51, supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF). During that six-month deployment, ANCHORAGE disembarked Marines and supplies from Landing Force West during the opening stages of OIF. Later, the ship provided logistic support to U.S. forces stationed on captured offshore gas and oil platforms near the Iraqi port of Umm Qasr. ANCHORAGE also conducted a "desert tortoise" mission during OIF. This task involved loading up 100,000 lbs. of mail, 232 pallets of cargo and 71 Sailors from Bahrain and delivering them to the other amphibious ships in the task force patrolling the Persian Gulf.
The ANCHORAGE has served notable roles in military operations and humanitarian efforts since it was commissioned March 15, 1969, at Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth, Va. During the end of the Vietnam War, the ship carried Marines back to the United States as part of Operation "Keystone Bluejay," a planned withdrawal of American troops from Vietnam.
In 1991 during Operation Desert Storm, ANCHORAGE controlled the largest offload of landing craft in support of combat operations. These actions earned the ship the Navy Unit Citation and the South West Asia Service Medal (2 stars).
ANCHORAGE was called upon in 2000 to provide support for the crew of USS COLE (DDG 67) after a small boat laden with explosives blew up alongside the destroyer as it refueled in Aden, Yemen, tearing a hole in its side and killing 17 Sailors.
The ANCHORAGE was sunk as a target during exercise RIMPAC 2010 off the coast of Kauai, Hi., on July 17, 2010.
|General Characteristics:||Awarded: June 29, 1965|
|Keel laid: March 13, 1967|
|Launched: May 5, 1968|
|Commissioned: March 15, 1969|
|Decommissioned: October 1, 2003|
|Builder: Ingalls Shipbuilding, Pascagoula, Miss.|
|Propulsion system: two 600 psi boilers|
|Length: 553 feet (168.6 meters)|
|Beam: 85 feet (25.9 meters)|
|Draft: 18 feet (5.5 meters)|
|Displacement: approx. 14,000 tons full load|
|Speed: 22 knots|
|Well deck capacity: three LCAC|
|Aircraft: none, but helicopter platform|
|Crew: Ship: 18 officers, 340 enlisted|
|Marine Detachment: 330 Marines|
|Armament: two 20mm Phalanx CIWS, two Mk-38 Machine Guns, four .50 Machine Guns|
This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USS ANCHORAGE. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.
USS ANCHORAGE Cruise Books:
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USS ANCHORAGE Image Gallery:
The photo below was taken by me on July 29, 2006, and shows the ANCHORAGE berthed at the Naval Inactive Ships Maintenance Facility in Pearl Harbor, HI.
The two photos below were taken by me and show the ANCHORAGE laid-up at Pearl Harbor, Hi., on March 20, 2010. The first photo is a stern view. The name ANCHORAGE can still be seen at the well dock door. Photo number two shows a part of the ship's superstructure. The flight deck in the foreground belongs to the CORONADO (AGF 11).