Navy's Newest Warship Goes on Duty in Anchorage

America's newest warship, the USS Anchorage, was commissioned during a persistent spring snow Saturday morning at the Port of Anchorage. Several thousand people stood or sat in the slush on the dock facing the $1.3 billion ship, a vessel longer than two football fields and capable of carrying up to 800 Marines to combat zones or natural disasters.

Red, white and blue bunting hung from its smooth sides. A line of nautical flags stretched from bow to stern and across the top of the two giant cone-shaped communications towers and flapped in a light breeze. Otherwise the ship loomed gray, still and silent.

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