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About thomaslsnyder

Retired surgeon and navy reservist. Researching to write the history of the Navy's first hospital on the U S west coast, at Mare Island, California. Former Surgeon General of the Naval Order of the United States. Founding / Former Executive Director, the Society for the History of Navy Medicine.

USS AMERICA Arrives San Diego

This from Maritime Global News today: By George Backwell The Navy informs that the soon to-be-commissioned amphibious assault ship ‘USS America’ (LHA 6) arrived at its homeport of San Diego after completing its two-month maiden transit around the American continent … Continue reading

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Ship Tour Hours (Subject to Change)

We have the hours that the public can tour the ship. They are listed at the bottom of the Commissioning Ceremony Information page.

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Captain Hall’s Letter to USS AMERICA’s Friends and Families

Captain Hall posted this message on the ship’s Facebook page on 13 September. The ship is due to arrive in San Diego on 15 September. We’re scheduled to see her pass under the Golden Gate Bridge on 6 October.

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USS AMERICA Commemorative Baseball Now For Sale

We’ve just made a beautiful Commemorative Baseball (how American!) available for sale. Check it out on our “Purchase Our Commemorative Baseball” page and follow the link to the vendor. You’ll also see that we’ve extended the period for bidding on … Continue reading

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Updated Security Information

Lieutenant Commander Sam Peterson, commissioning coordinator for USS AMERICA, has provided us with detailed security information. Please see the Security paragraph on the “Commissioning Ceremony Information” page of this website.

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Updated Details on Commissioning Ceremony

We’ve posted new information about the Commissioning Ceremony. Updated or new topics are: Parking; Security; Dress Code;Weather; Children; Disabled Access; Gifts for Donors; Postal Cachet; Items for Sale. See the Commissioning Ceremony Details page of this website. The Oakland Marriott City Center hotel has quietly extended their offer … Continue reading

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Commissioning Dress Code Announced

For those who’ve received your invitations to the Commissioning Ceremony, you will note that the dress code specified for civilians is “Informal”, by which the Navy means “suit or coat and tie” (and its equivalent for ladies). That international expert … Continue reading

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USS AMERICA (LHA 6) arrived in Callao, Peru on 31 August. This will be the ship’s final foreign port call on her maiden cruise. While in Callao, the ship and her crew will entertain Peruvian VIPs and other guests, participate … Continue reading

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USS AMERICA Departs Chile

The crew and embarked marines in USS AMERICA  departed Valparaiso Chile on 27 August, after a three day visit. During the visit, the ship participated in joint exercises with the Chilean navy. Crewmembers also participated in  community outreach activities, and … Continue reading

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USS AMERICA in Valparaiso, Chile

For the last couple of days, USS AMERICA has been showing the flag and building friendships in Valparaiso. Embarked sailors and Marines have participated in exercises with their Chilean counterparts, crewmembers contributed work in a local children’s’ home, high public … Continue reading

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