USS Anchorage (LPD-23)

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For other ships of the same name, see USS Anchorage.
USS Anchorage (LPD-23) underway in July 2014
Name: Anchorage
Namesake: Anchorage, Alaska
Awarded: 1 June 2006
Builder: Avondale Shipyard
Laid down: 24 September 2007
Launched: 12 February 2011 [1]
Christened: 14 May 2011 [2]
Acquired: 17 September 2012 [3]
Commissioned: 4 May 2013 [4]
Homeport: San Diego, CA
Status: in active service, as of 2014
General characteristics
Class & type: San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock
Displacement: 25,000 tons full
Length: 208.5 m (684 ft) overall,
201.4 m (661 ft) waterline
Beam:   31.9 m (105 ft) extreme,
  29.5 m (97 ft) waterline
Draft:     7 m (23 ft)
Propulsion: Four Colt-Pielstick diesel engines, two shafts, 40,000 hp (30 MW)
Speed: 22 knots (41 km/h)
Boats & landing
craft carried:
Two LCACs (air cushion)
or one LCU (conventional)
Capacity: 699 (66 officers, 633 enlisted); surge to 800 total.
Complement: 32 officers, 364 enlisted
Armament: Two 30 mm Bushmaster II cannons, for surface threat defense;
two Rolling Airframe Missile launchers for air defense
Aircraft carried: Four CH-46 Sea Knight helicopters or two MV-22 tilt rotor aircraft may be launched or recovered simultaneously.

USS Anchorage (LPD-23), a San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock, is the second ship of the United States Navy to be named for Anchorage, Alaska.

Anchorage's keel was laid down on 24 September 2007, at the Avondale Shipyard in New Orleans, Louisiana, then owned by Northrop Grumman Ship Systems. The ship was launched on 12 February 2011.[1] She was christened two months later, on 14 May — the first ship christened by Huntington Ingalls Industries since Northrop Grumman spun off its shipbuilding divisions as a separate company.[2] The ship's sponsor is Annette Conway, wife of former Marine Corps Commandant General James T. Conway.[5] The ship was formally delivered and accepted by the US Navy on 17 September 2012.[3] Anchorage was commissioned 04 May 2013, in her namesake city.[4]


  1. ^ a b "U.S. Navy's Amphibious Transport Dock Anchorage (LPD 23) Christened at Ingalls Shipbuilding Avondale Operations" (Press release). Huntington Ingalls Industries. 14 May 2011. Retrieved 16 May 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Navy Accepts Delivery of Future USS Anchorage". 17 September 2012. Retrieved 2012-09-23. 
  3. ^ a b "USS Anchorage will officially join the U.S. Navy on May 4, 2013" (Press release). USS Anchorage Commissioning Committee. 1 November 2012. Retrieved 4 November 2012. 
  4. ^ "Anchorage (LPD 23)". Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding. Retrieved 2010-11-28. 


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