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Air department Sailors aboard the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Anchorage (LPD 23) scrub the flight deck as the ship approaches the Alaska coast.

Sailors watch from the port bridge wing as the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Anchorage (LPD 23) approaches the city of Anchorage, Alaska.

Crew members wait in the snow during a commissioning ceremony.

Sailors and Marines man the rails during the USS Anchorage (LPD 23) commissioning ceremony.

Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, Adm. Cecil D. Haney arrives at the commissioning of the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Anchorage (LPD 23) at the Port of Anchorage.

Sailors and Marines man the rails after bringing the ship to life during the commissioning of the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Anchorage (LPD 23) at the Port of Anchorage.

Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, Adm. Cecil D. Haney speaks during the commissioning ceremony of the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Anchorage (LPD 23) at the Port of Anchorage.

Crew members wait to bring the ship to life during the commissioning of the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Anchorage (LPD 23) at the Port of Anchorage.

Crew members wait to bring the ship to life during the commissioning of the USS Anchorage (LPD 23).

Crew members run to bring the ship to life during the commissioning of the USS Anchorage (LPD 23).

Guests listen to opening remarks during the commissioning of USS Anchorage (LPD 23).

Crew members go aboard to bring the ship to life during the commissioning of the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Anchorage (LPD 23) at the Port of Anchorage.

Crew members go aboard to bring the ship to life during the commissioning of the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Anchorage (LPD 23) at the Port of Anchorage.

Guests attend the commissioning of USS Anchorage (LPD 23).

Crew members wait to bring the ship to life during the commissioning of the USS Anchorage (LPD 23).

The long glass is presented during the commissioning of the USS Anchorage (LPD 23).

Marines assigned to Task Force Denali run to bring the ship to life during the commissioning of the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Anchorage (LPD 23) at the Port of Anchorage.

Sailors and Marines man the rails as the USS Anchorage (LPD 23) is brought to life.

Sailors and Marines man the rails after the USS Anchorage (LPD 23) was officially commissioned.

Sailors and Marines man the rails as the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Anchorage (LPD 23) is brought to life at the Port of Anchorage.

Cmdr. Joel Stewart, commanding officer of the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Anchorage (LPD 23), administers the oath of enlistment to new recruits.

Cmdr. Joel Stewart, commanding officer of the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Anchorage (LPD 23), administers the oath of enlistment to new recruits.

Damage Controlman 3rd Class Carson Seitz and Hull Maintenance Technician 3rd Class Travis Cole approach the scene to simulate rescuing an injured aircrew

Damage Controlman 3rd Class Carson Seitz searches the interior of a CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter while training to rescue injured aircrew during flight deck drills

Commanding Officer Cmdr. Joel Stewart addresses the crew during an all hands call.

Lt. Evan Young controls the approach of a CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter from the helicopter control tower aboard the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Anchorage (LPD 23).

Lt. Evan Young controls the approach of a CH-46 Sea Knight from a helicopter control tower.

Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Robert Greene performs Taps during a burial at sea service held aboard the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Anchorage (LPD 23)

Damage Controlman 3rd Class Jason Tajima bears the flag during a burial at sea aboard San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Anchorage (LPD 23).

Sailors and Marines commit the body of a former service member to the sea during a burial at sea aboard the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Anchorage (LPD 23).

A Sailor holds the flag on the casket of a former service member during a burial at sea aboard the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Anchorage (LPD 23).

Sailors and Marines prepare to commit the body of a former service member to the sea during a burial at sea aboard the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Anchorage (LPD 23)

The rifle detail prepares to fire a volley from the well deck during a burial at sea aboard the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Anchorage (LPD 23).

Sailors and Marines prepare to commit the body of a former service member to the sea during a burial at sea aboard the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Anchorage (LPD 23).

Sailors assigned to the amphibious transport dock ship USS Anchorage (LPD 23) and the amphibious assault ship Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) America (LHA 6) fire M-16 rifles during a rifle qualification course.

Capt. Bruce Deshotel, enlisted community manager from the Bureau of Naval Personnel, speaks to officers and chief petty officers in the wardroom of the amphibious transport dock ship USS Anchorage (LPD 23) during a visit.

Sailors assigned to the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Anchorage (LPD 23) maintain the forward phone and distance line during a replenishment-at-sea.

Cmdr. Joel Stewart, commanding officer of the amphibious transport dock ship USS Anchorage (LPD 23), helps cut the ribbon celebrating the opening of the ship's self-service laundry center.

Sailors assigned to the deck department aboard the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Anchorage (LPD 23) man the rigid hull inflatable boat during small boat operations.

Sailors participate in the second underway recovery test for the NASA Orion Program.

Sailors participate in the second underway recovery test for the NASA Orion Program.

Sailors participate in the second underway recovery test for the NASA Orion Program.

Sailors participate in the second underway recovery test for the NASA Orion Program.

Sailors assigned to the amphibious transport dock ship USS Anchorage (LPD 23) heave in the mooring lines as Anchorage prepares to get underway.

Amphibious assault vehicles (AAVs), assigned to the 3rd AAV Battalion at Camp Pendleton, Calif.

An amphibious assault vehicle (AAV), assigned to the 3rd AAV Battalion at Camp Pendleton, Calif.

A Sailor directs Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) 90, assigned to Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 5, as it enters the well deck of the amphibious transport dock ship USS Anchorage (LPD 23).

An MV-22 Osprey attached to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 161 approaches the flight deck of the amphibious transport dock ship USS Anchorage (LPD 23).

An MV-22 Osprey attached to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 161 approaches for a landing aboard the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Anchorage (LPD 23).

A Sailor aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS Anchorage (LPD 23) hauls a refueling line to an MV-22 Osprey.

Sailors assigned to the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Anchorage (LPD 23) participate in a burial at sea.

Sailors aboard the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Anchorage (LPD 23) raise the Navy Jack.

The San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Anchorage (LPD 23) enters Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.

The San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Anchorage (LPD 23) enters Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.

The San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Anchorage (LPD 23) enters Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.

Secretary of Defense (SECDEF) Chuck Hagel briefs the press Aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS Anchorage (LPD 23).

Secretary of Defense (SECDEF) Chuck Hagel, center, tours the amphibious transport dock ship USS Anchorage (LPD 23) with defense ministers from the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN).

General Phung Quang Thanh, Vietnam minister of national defense, tours the amphibious transport dock ship USS Anchorage (LPD 23) with defense ministers from the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN).

Rear Adm. Robert Girrier, deputy commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet

Secretary of Defense (SECDEF) Chuck Hagel receives an update on a shooting at Ft. Hood, Texas.

Secretary of Defense (SECDEF) Chuck Hagel receives a briefing from the Army director of operations on a shooting incident at Fort Hood, Texas,

An MV-22 Osprey assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 161 flies over the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Anchorage (LPD 23).

An MV-22 Osprey assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 161 flies over the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Anchorage (LPD 23).

A UH-1Y Iroquois from Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron (HMLA) 367 launches from the flight deck of the amphibious transport dock ship USS Anchorage (LPD 23) during deck landing qualifications.

A CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter from Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron (HMH) 463 launches from the flight deck of the amphibious transport dock ship USS Anchorage (LPD 23).

Amphibious assault vehicles from the 3rd Marine Combat Assault Company disembark the well deck of the amphibious transport dock ship USS Anchorage (LPD 23).

A CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter from Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron (HMH) 463 launches from the flight deck of the amphibious transport dock ship USS Anchorage (LPD 23) during deck landing qualifications.

The amphibious transport dock ship USS Anchorage (LPD 23) transits Kaneohe Bay while conducting aircraft deck landing qualifications.

Divers from New Zealand, the Netherlands, Canada, Japan and Chile prepare for a familiarization dive from the amphibious transport dock ship USS Anchorage (LPD 23).

Sailors aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS Anchorage (LPD 23) launch the seven-meter rigid-hulled inflatable boat during exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2014.

Divers from Chile, Japan and U.S. Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 11 conduct small-boat operations from the well deck of the amphibious transport dock ship USS Anchorage (LPD 23).

Cmdr. Joel Stewart, commanding officer of the amphibious transport dock ship USS Anchorage (LPD 23), and Cmdr. Max Muller, commander of Combined Task Group (CTG 177.1), discuss Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercise 2014 on the bridge of Anchorage.

The San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Anchorage (LPD 23), the littoral combat ship USS Coronado (LCS 4),

Sailors aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS Anchorage (LPD 23) observe as Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 3rd Class Samina Henry lands a MV-22 Osprey from Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron (HMM) 764.

Sailors from Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 11 transport a dolphin from the amphibious transport dock ship USS Anchorage (LPD 23) to conduct marine mammal training.

Chief Master-at-Arms Michael Buzzard and Logistics Specialist 3rd Class Stelvy Hayward demonstrate a crew served weapons live-fire evolution during a family day cruise aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS Anchorage (LPD 23).

Sailors from Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 1 prepare to practice piggybacking for long transits with a combat rubber raiding craft on a rigid-hull inflatable boat.

Cmdr. Joel Stewart, right, commanding officer of the amphibious transport dock ship USS Anchorage (LPD 23), gives a tour of the ship to Vice Adm. Jorge Cruz, Chilean commander of naval operations, during exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2014.

The San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Anchorage (LPD 23) transits off the coast of Southern California as part of Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercise 2014.

TheThe San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Anchorage (LPD 23), the Avenger-class mine countermeasures ships USS Scout (MCM 8) and USS Champion (MCM 4),

Seaman Christopher Smith steers the ship as helmsmen aboard the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Anchorage (LPD 23) off the coast of California during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercise 2014.

Sailors assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 1 and divers from New Zealand, the Netherlands, Canada, Japan, Australia and Chile prepare for a night dive off.

Sailors assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 1 and divers from New Zealand, the Netherlands, Canada, Japan, Australia and Chile recover their boats into the well deck of the San Antonio-class amphibious.

The San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Anchorage (LPD 23) transits off the coast of Southern California during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercise 2014.

Sailors aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS Anchorage (LPD 23) make preparations to deploy the Mk-105 sled from the ship's well deck.

Lt. j.g. Marlies Bouwmeester, an exchange officer from the Netherlands stationed aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS Anchorage (LPD 23) for two years, stands conning officer watch.

Seaman Richard Minzer, from Moorpark, Calif., instructs Seaman David Merritt, from Aurora, Ill., on proper helm control aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS Anchorage (LPD 23).

Seaman Brandon Sawyer, from Portsmouth, N.H., stands the lookout watch aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS Anchorage (LPD 23).

Ensign Brent Cline, from Mulvane, Kan., discusses standard commands for bridge operations with Lt. j.g. Marlies Bouwmeester, an exchange officer from the Netherlands.

Sailors monitors the damage control console aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS Anchorage (LPD 23).

Engineman 2nd Class Brandon Miller, from Lincoln, Ill., maintains cylinder heads on the main propulsion engine aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS Anchorage (LPD 23).

Engineman 2nd Class Brandon Miller, from Lincoln, Ill., tightens the conduits on fuel racks aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS Anchorage (LPD 23).

Engineman 1st Class Nolan McAbee, from Idaho Falls, Idaho, monitors the engineering officer of the watch console aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS Anchorage (LPD 23).

Sailor controls the ballast console aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS Anchorage (LPD 23), allowing the ship to sink enough to allow water into Anchorage's well deck.

Sailors participate in the second underway recovery test for the NASA Orion Program.

Members of the main propulsion division aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS Anchorage (LPD 23) perform routine maintenance on the ship's service diesel engine.

Members of the main propulsion division aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS Anchorage (LPD 23) perform routine maintenance on the ship's service diesel engine.

Members of the main propulsion division aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS Anchorage (LPD 23) perform routine maintenance on the ship's service diesel engine.

Sailors participate in the second underway recovery test for the NASA Orion Program.

Sailors participate in the second underway recovery test for the NASA Orion Program.