LSD 36 Anchorage
USS ANCHORAGE is a Dock Landing Ship (LSD) designed to operate as an integral part of a balanced, mobile and modern amphibious strike force. The ship couples a well deck with a flight deck to give greater dimension to the Navy's troop and vehicle lifting capability. Primarily designed to transport pre-loaded heavy landing craft to the shore and discharge them rapidly, she is also equipped with machine shops and facilities to provide dry docking and repairs to small boats. ANCHORAGE has the berthing, feeding and cargo storage capability for over 400 fully equipped combat troops. Intrinsic in the well deck operation is a ballasting system that fills the deck with sea water to a depth necessary for loading landing craft such as the LCU and LCAC.
USS ANCHORAGE is the first of a class of five Dock Landing Ships.
The ANCHORAGE's insignia portrays both the origin and meaning of its name and depicts that it is the first in a class of Dock Landing Ships. Symbolized in the anchor and line are stability and security that this ship will provide for the United States Navy on the high sea. The Latin term "Sui Generis" is translated to mean "of particular kind or first of a class." It is the first ship to be named after the largest city of Alaska, which is represented by the star on the map.
The USS Anchorage was decommissioned on October 1, 2003.
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