Navy's Newest Warship Goes on Duty in Anchorage

The Navy has set its newest warship, the USS Anchorage, to sea. The ship was commissioned in mid-May and is undergoing several trials to ensure its sea-worthiness. It is the first ship to be commissioned in Alaska, although it is second to the original USS Anchorage, which saw duty from Vietnam to the second Gulf War. The ship was paraded in front of an invitation-only crowd of Navy servicemen and women and veterans of other branches. Capt. Joel Steward issued a speech, followed by other ceremonial activities. The ship is worth $1.3 billion, is as long as two football fields, and can carry up to 800 marines to combat zones or natural disasters. Read the full article here: