Local News Piece on the Commissioning of USS America – ABC News Channel 7

Enjoy this quick piece on the Commissioning! Thanks to ABC News Channel 7, San Francisco. Kudos to Debbie Collum for sending this to us. Also, we’ve posted some new photos on our Fan Photo Page, thanks to Trisha and Adam Montoya.

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Commemorative Baseball Still Available

You can still purchase our nifty USS AMERICA baseball! Can you think of a more American way to memorialize the commissioning of this great new ship? Just go to our “Purchase Our Commemorative Baseball” page and click on the GetNavy.com link!

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Video of the Commissioning Ceremony Now Available

Thanks to the diligence and searching expertise of Doug McCoy, we now have a link to the video! Click here, or go to the Commissioning Ceremony Information page for the link.

We’ll be posting some more AMERICA fan photos in the next day or two. Stand by for some great shots!

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We’ve Added a Photo Page

We invite USS AMERICA’s many fans to send us your favorite pictures of the ship and her Commissioning. We will post them (invoking editorial privilege, naturally!) to our new USS AMERICA Fan Photos page. we’ll send you a quick notice when new photos are added. To this end, check out the link to Josh Jacobson’s wonderful collection, posted just now!

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San Francisco Says “Farewell, USS AMERICA”

Yesterday morning, Tuesday, the USS AMERICA departed San Francisco after a week’s visit which featured her Commissioning on Saturday the 11th. Parting is such sweet sorrow…

USS AMERICA (LHA 6) Under Way to Her Home Port in San Diego. Port of Oakland in Background

USS AMERICA (LHA 6) Under Way to Her Home Port in San Diego. Port of Oakland in Background (Photo: KGO TV – ABC Channel 7)

It’s been this Committee’s honor and pleasure to support the great ship and her officers and crew during her voyage to Commissioning. Rear Admiral To Brown III, Commissioning Committee Chair, had this to say this to say this morning:

OK gang, our ship got underway [Tuesday] morning right on time and looking good! I had an opportunity to meet briefly with the Captain before they departed and he conveyed his thanks and appreciation for our contributions to an absolutely magnificent commissioning event and a wonderful eight day visit to the port of San Francisco. He is aware that we had a very successful fund-raising effort and he is especially grateful for what that will mean to the crew beyond what we were able to provide for the crew already.

So I join with CAPT Hall in passing our personal Well Dones and hearty Bravo Zulus to each of you for your magnificent work.

It has been my honor and pleasure to be the leader of the team and you have my sincerest thanks, admiration and respect!!

We will post our final report shortly. In the meanwhile, we send the ship and her people a fond farewell and best wishes for safe sailing and many decades of honorable service to our nation.

If you have photos of the ship and or Commissioning events that you’d like to share, please send them to us at commissioning.america@gmail.com, and we will post them, invoking editorial privilege, naturally.

We will keep this site on line until the end of 2014.


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Commissioning Day – USS AMERICA Joins the Fleet

After the speeches, the crew run aboard the ship and man the rails. Radar antennae begin to rotate, the engines are lit off, the great horn blows. The ship literally comes alive. It’s a long naval tradition and it is thrilling to observe. The day in San Francisco was perfect!imageimage


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Commissioning Ceremony on Streaming Video

We are told that you will be able to watch the Commissioning Ceremony of the USS AMERICA by streaming video on the Navy website, http://www.navy.mil! Ceremony starts at 10 am PDT / 1 pm EDT tomorrow, 11 October. So if you can’t be with us in San Francisco, you can still be with us in San Francisco. Enjoy this traditional and especially patriotic event either way.

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Traffic Alert: Commander-in-Chief in Town; Event Photography; Weather Update

We’ve sent cautions about congested traffic in earlier posts. Local press now inform us that POTUS is in town, and that street closures will be in place as he and his entourage move about the city to various events. Exact routes are never posted in advance for obvious security reasons, so please factor street closures into your travel plans for Commissioning Day.         ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++            We’ve seen no restrictions on standard photography for the Commissioning Ceremony, so bring your cameras and snap away! Send us your best shots, and we’ll post them, with attribution, on this site!  Our email address: commissioning.america@gmail.com                   ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ The high temperature in San Francisco on Commissioning Day is now predicted to be about 72. Temps in the morning on the pier will be “bracing”, perhaps around 60 to 65, and you can expect a cooling breeze, too! A word to the wise…

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Commissioning Weather Update; Ship Tour Restrictions

The updated weather forecast for commissioning day is now calling for a high in the low 70s. You can expect temperatures on the pier to be in the low to mid 60s during the ceremony. However, as we noted before, the sun will be intense, so we strongly recommend that you use a good sunscreen on all exposed skin.

The ship’s Facebook page posted some guidelines for people who wish to tour the ship. Please pay special attention to the “shoe restriction”:

Flat-heeled, closed-toe shoes are required. [Emphasis mine]
– Visitors are encouraged to bring as few items as possible when arriving for their tour as there is NO place to store strollers, bikes, etc.
– Visitors must be able to navigate steep ladders and move around the ship safely on their own.

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USS AMERICA Arrives San Francisco

Monday 6 October. USS AMERICA (LHA 6) sails under the Golden Gate to arrive in San Francisco for her 11 October commissioning.

USS America under Golden Gate

USS AMERICA crewmembers display the flag as the ship passes under the Golden Gate Bridge (Photo: U S Navy)

After a day of preparations, the ship, located at Pier 30-32, will offer free tours on Wednesday 8 Oct and Thursday 9 Oct from 1 pm until 4 pm; and on Sunday 12 Oct and Monday 13 Oct from 9 am until 4 pm. On Tuesday the 14th the ship will get under way for her return to San Diego, where she will be home ported.

Sailors and Marines View the San Francisco Skyline as They Man the Rails for Her Arrival

Sailors and Marines View the San Francisco Skyline as They Man the Rails for Her Arrival (Photo: US Navy)

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