USS Anchorage departs for NASA’s Orion mission

USS Anchorage (LPD 23) departed from Naval Base San Diego to conduct an Underway Recovery Test (URT) in conjunction with NASA off the coast of Southern California, Jan. 17. URT-6 is part of a U.S. government interagency effort to safely practice and evaluate recovery processes, procedures, hardware and personnel in an open ocean environment that will be used to recover the Orion spacecraft upon its return to Earth. This will mark the fourth time Anchorage will conduct a URT mission with NASA. Throughout the history of the program, a variety…

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Dawn Blitz brings realistic, relevant training to Navy-Marine Corps team

Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 3 and 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade (MEB) kicked off amphibious exercise Dawn Blitz 2017, Oct. 20. Dawn Blitz 2017 is a scenario-driven amphibious exercise designed to train and integrate the staffs of ESG-3 and 1st MEB. It provides realistic, relevant training necessary for effective global crisis response expected of the Navy and Marine Corps team. The exercise takes place at sea off the coast of Southern California and will involve participation from ships homeported at Naval Base San Diego including the amphibious assault ship USS Essex…

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USS Anchorage Conducts HIMARS Shoot During Dawn Blitz 17

The High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) was fired from the flight deck of the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Anchorage (LPD 23) during Dawn Blitz 2017, Oct. 22.  The HIMARS is a weapons system made up of the M142, five-ton chassis vehicle and can carry either a launcher pod of six rockets or one MGM-140 Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS). It enables Marines to engage targets within minutes after firing and features an advanced targeting system that strikes with an extremely high accuracy rate. The system also…

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Sea services arrive to kick off Fleet Week San Diego

The amphibious transport dock ship USS Anchorage (LPD 23) and Coast Guard Cutter Midgett (WHEC 726) arrived in downtown San Diego, Oct. 11, to begin the weeklong celebration. The amphibious dock landing ship USS Rushmore (LSD 47), guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG 53), guided-missile destroyer USS Spruance (DDG 111) and mine countermeasures ship Champion (MCM 4) will also take part in Fleet Week San Diego. Rushmore, Mobile Bay, Spruance and Champion will participate in a Sea and Air Parade demonstration, along with Navy air squadrons, Oct. 14. Anchorage (LPD…

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Ships depart Los Angeles as Fleet Week concludes

The second annual Los Angeles Fleet Week came to a close as participating U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard, and Royal Canadian Navy ships departed the Port of Los Angeles September 5. The guided-missile destroyer USS Dewey (DDG 105), amphibious transport dock USS Anchorage (LPD 23), Los Angeles-class submarine USS Pasadena (SSN 752), and mine countermeasures ship USS Scout (MCM 8) represented the U.S. Navy, along with personnel from Coastal Riverine Group 1, Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 1, and Navy Region Southwest. Marines with the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, the…

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U.S. and Canadian ships to participate in Los Angeles Fleet Week

Sailors aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS Anchorage (LPD 23), the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Dewey (DDG 105), the Avenger-class mine countermeasures ship USS Scout (MCM 8), U.S. Coast Guard cutter Active (WMEC 618), and Royal Canadian Navy Halifax-class frigate HMCS Ottawa (FFH 341), will be in Los Angeles for the second annual Los Angeles Fleet Week, Aug. 29-Sept. 4. In addition, forces from 1st Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF), Coastal Riverine Group (CRG) 1, Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) 1, Navy Region Southwest, and U.S. Coast Guard District 11…

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