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Ship anchor dedicated in namesake port city

The 12-ton anchor of the USS Duluth is dedicated on its new Lakewalk site, next to the Vietnam Memorial behind the Fitger’s Complex, at 2 p.m. Friday.

Celebrate those who put countless hours and personal resources toward bringing this prize home. The USS Duluth saw service in the Vietnam and Gulf wars, assisted in the Exxon Valdez Alaskan oil spill cleanup and provided humanitarian assistance after the 2005 Indian Ocean tsunami. It was the second Navy ship to be named for the city.

The decommissioned USS Duluth was an amphibious transport dock, also called landing platform/dock ship, used to transport and land U.S. Marines, their equipment and supplies and otherwise support amphibious operations, using various waterborne amphibious landing watercraft and numerous types of helicopters and vertical take-off and landing V-22 Ospreys and AV-8 Harrier jets.

The ship’s capability to house, feed and provide medical care for up to 1000 people made it uniquely capable of supporting amphibious and humanitarian operations.

Speakers include Mayor Don Ness, Rear Admiral David Duryea, USS Duluth Crewmembers Association President Don Rowe and USS Duluth commanding officers. Original crew members are expected to be on hand.For more information, visit www.ussduluth.org.

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