USS Anchorage will be commissioned Saturday

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Cruz Boseman of Eagle River was sick of the cold weather. He figured he’d join the Navy, which doesn’t have a base in Alaska and there would be no chance he’d be stationed here.

But as it turns out, Boseman is in Anchorage this week.

The Navy assigned the 21-year-old seaman to the USS Anchorage, its newest San Antonio-class amphibious dock transport ship. A commissioning ceremony will be held for the 684-foot ship at the Port of Anchorage on Saturday.

Public tours are available Thursday and Friday.

The ship arrived Wednesday, plowing through chunks of ice in Cook Inlet before mooring pierside at the Port of Anchorage.

A welcoming ceremony included both Alaska Native dancing and a blessing of the ship.

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