USS Green Bay Arrives at Port of Long Beach
Official commissioning event scheduled for Saturday
January 20, 2009
Under elongated strands of stratus clouds, the USS Green Bay glided into the harbor past the Port of Long Beach's Gull Park at the tip of the Navy Mole at 3:35 p.m. Tuesday, with an escort of Long Beach Police, Coast Guard and Long Beach Fire vessels. The new amphibious transport dock ship is scheduled to be officially commissioned at an invitation-only ceremony on Saturday, Jan. 24 at a Pier T berth. To find out more about the ceremony, click here.
The event conjures up the past, present and future, as the Green Bay comes to Long Beach out of historical considerations. Pier T, these days the Port's biggest container terminal, is the site of the former U.S. Naval Shipyard. The Navy base was closed in the 1990s. The USS Green Bay is a brand new vessel that will officially begin its service with the commissioning ceremony.
The ship is to be home-ported at San Diego. Commander Joseph Olson will be the first commanding officer of the USS Green Bay, and will lead a crew of 360 officers and enlisted personnel and three Marines.
The vessel was constructed by Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding in Louisiana. The ship is 684 feet in length and displaces 24,900 tons.