Navy Opening USS Anchorage to Public Tours This Week

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An MV-22 Osprey approaches for a landing aboard the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Anchorage during amphibious warfare training. Navy photo

The amphibious transport dock ship USS Anchorage will be open for public tours Wednesday and Thursday at Broadway Pier in downtown San Diego.

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Tours will be available from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, and from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, the Navy said.

The 684-foot-long ship, commissioned in her namesake city three years ago, was built to embark, transport, and land elements of a Marine Corps force in a variety of expeditionary and special operations missions. The Anchorage and other San Antonio class vessels can also deliver expeditionary fighting vehicles, landing craft, air cushion boats and tiltrotor MV-22 Ospreys.

The Navy said visitors will board on a first-come, first-served basis, and may have to wait in line during peak hours. All visitors in line by 4 p.m. will be accommodated for a tour.

Guests should also expect security screenings prior to boarding. When touring the ship, visitors are encouraged to bring as few items as possible, and flat-heeled, closed-toe shoes are recommended. High-heel shoes, flip-flops and inappropriate attire like bathing suits are not permitted.

The ship is not handicapped accessible and visitors must be in good physical condition to walk safely about the ship, and move up and down steep ladders, according to the Navy. Touring the ship may not be appropriate for small children or those with medical conditions that impede mobility.

Adult guests will be required to show a valid U.S. state or federal government issued photo identification card. Minors should be accompanied by an adult with valid ID.

Small hand-carried items such as handbags, clear bottles of water, small cameras or diaper bags are permitted, but guests and bags will be screened.

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— City News Service

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