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Commissioning Ceremony

Watch the Commissioning Ceremony at Port of Anchorage 
STREAMED at Navy Live
Saturday, May 4 10:00am – 11:00am 

U.S.S. Anchorage Public Tours

  • Thursday, May 2 starting at 1:00 p.m. and ending at 8:00p.m.
  • Friday, May 3 starting at 2:00 p.m. and ending at 8:00p.m.



  1. Parking for the tour shuttle and the only access to the U.S.S. Anchorage ship tour is at the Northway Mall and the Sears Mall. The Port of Anchorage (POA) is a secured facility and members of the general public will not have access through the main POA entrance.
  2. Visitors, both adults and children must be prepared to walk through a metal detector.
  3. Adults, over the age of 18, must provide government issued identification such as a driver’s license, passport or military credentials.
  4. Visitors are highly recommended to wear sensible shoes and pants. Please refrain from bringing backpacks and large handbags; space is limited on the motor coach and the vessel.
  5. The ship is not handicapped accessible. If you are handicapped, virtual tours are strongly recommended, as climbing ladders and walking up ramps may be involved in touring the ship. A tour of the ship can be found online after May 1, 2013 at 8:00 a.m.
  6. Absolutely no smoking at the Port of Anchorage during public tours.
  7. No weapons, including pocket knives allowed aboard the ship or at the Port of Anchorage.


All bags will be inspected for prohibited items and if any items are found, security forces personnel will give guests the option to return them to their vehicles to store the prohibited item(s).

The list of permitted and prohibited items, available for immediate view at, includes but is not limited to the following items:

Permitted Items

  • Cellular phones
  • Fanny packs and small purses
  • Cameras and camcorders
  • Umbrellas
  • 20 ounce or smaller bottled water in clear plastic containers

Prohibited Items

  • Weapons (regardless of permit) including firearms and knives (including pocket knives and multi-tools), and replica or toy weapons·
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Pets, other than service animals
  • Glass containers
  • Ice chests or coolers
  • Bags larger than a small purse or fanny pack· Backpacks/Camelbacks
  • Bicycles, roller skates, and skateboards

*Any other items deemed inappropriate by security personnel.

U.S.S. Anchorage Commissioning Ceremony

April 25‐May 05, 2013

The amphibious transport dock, USS Anchorage (LPD-23), will be formally commissioned into the United States Navy on Saturday, May 4, 2013, in an event held at the Port of Anchorage. This commissioning will mark the first time a US Navy vessel has entered into service in Alaska. The ship will be in Anchorage for 10 days.

Schedule of Events

  • April 25- Ship Welcoming Ceremony at Port of Anchorage
  • April 26- Public Ship Tours
  • April 27- Crew Activities & Public Ship Tours
  • April 28- Crew Activities & Crew Volunteering
  • April 29- Crew Activities & Public Ship Tours
  • April 30- Crew Activities & Special Ship Tours
  • May 01- Big Wild Life/Sullivan’s Steakhouse Block Party
  • May 02- Crew Activities: Special ANHC Opening for Crew
  • May 03- Crew Activities & Public Ship Tours
  • May 04- Platform Briefing Breakfast, Commissioning Ceremony & Post Commissioning Reception
  • May 05- Crew Activities: ARRC Train Ride for Crew & Family

Commissioning Ceremony

USS Anchorage Commissioning Ceremony & Supporting Events

What: A commissioning is the formal ceremony in which a ship becomes a unit of the operating forces of the United States Navy. An elaborate event marking the moment a ship “comes alive”, a commissioning is full of traditional elements going back hundreds of years.

  • Date: May 04, 2013 10:00 a.m.
  • Location: Port of Anchorage
  • Transportation: Details to be released at a later date.
  • Attendees: 4000
  • Supporting Events: Platform Briefing Breakfast: 200 attendees
  • Post Commissioning Reception: 1500-4000 attendees
  • Chairman’s Reception: 400 attendees
  • Public Ship Tours: 15,000 visitors
  • Educational Tours: 25-30 schools
  • Statewide Virtual Tours: 15-20 schools
    • Mayor's Corner
    • Mayor: Ethan Berkowitz
    • 632 W 6th Avenue, Suite 840, Anchorage, AK 99501
    • 907 343-7100

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