Visitors view a V-22 Osprey aboard USS AMERICA during her port visit in Cartagena, Colombia
USS AMERICA, due to be commissioned into the navy on 11 October in San Francisco, left her construction yard in Pascagoula, MS on 11 July. On her way from east coast to California, the ship will make several visits. The first stop on the ship’s maiden voyage was at the Colombian city of Cartagena. During her three day visit (16 – 19 July), crewmembers delivered 52 pallets of medical supplies and toys for sick children of the area. Local civilian and military dignitaries visited the ship, and teams from the ship and a Colombian navy base enjoyed a soccer “friendly”. Needless to say, the US team did not win, but it is reported that a fine time was had by all.
Her next stop was at the US Navy Base at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. Once again, soccer
Sailors and Marines from USS AMERICA meet their counterparts from the US Navy Base at Guantanamo Bay in a friendly match.
seems to have played a friendly role, as crew from the ship and from the base competed in a match. No official reports of the score of that game are available.
AMERICA will make visits in Brazil, Chile and Peru as she proceeds toward her commissioning site. Her San Francisco arrival date has not yet been announced.
Today, 11 July, USS AMERICA (LHA 6) departed Pascagoula. She’ll arrive in San Francisco in time for her 11 October Commissioning.
Navy authorities who manage the invitations and tickets to the Commissioning Ceremony tell us that we have reached the maximum number of requests that we can accommodate. Accordingly, we regret to announce that our Invitations Page is now closed.
Please check back from time to time for updated information on hotels, ferries and other items of interest to people who have submitted their invitations requests prior to this time.
With this document, signed 4 June 2014, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus officially designates 11 October as the day USS AMERICA (LHA 6) will be Commissioned into the United States Navy.
For those who have been holding off on making airline and hotel reservations to attend the Commissioning Ceremony, you can now do so without fear that the date will be changed.
With that, we look forward to seeing you in San Francisco on 11 October!
We’ve posted hotels and attractions for San Francisco, the East Bay and Vallejo. We will continue to add information as we get it. An important reminder: while we are “90% certain” that the Commissioning will be held on Saturday 11 October, during San Francisco’s Fleet Week, the Secretary of the Navy has not yet signed off on the date. We recommend that you not make a reservation unless your prospective hotel gives you assurance that you can back out, in the event SecNav changes the date.
The photo below shows 900 USS AMERICA’s crewmembers – Marines and sailors – marching to the ship as the Navy officially takes possession of the ship from her builders in Pascagoula, Mississippi. Soon, the ship will transit to San Francisco for her Commissioning, planned for early October.
USS AMERICA Turned Over to the Navy
The Commissioning Ceremony will be at Pier 30-32 in San Francisco. This Pier lies on the Embarcadero just south of the Oakland – San Francisco Bay Bridge, and is readily accessible just a short walk from the Embarcadero & Brannan Street light rail / bus stop.
While it is “90%” certain that the Ceremony will occur on Saturday 11 October (during San Francisco’s Fleet Week), we strongly advise that if you make hotel reservations now, you have an “escape clause” in the event that the Secretary of the Navy changes the date; we expect him to sign off on the date any day now!
We advise family members of the AMERICA’s crew to check with their sailors to obtain invitations to the Commissioning Ceremony through the ship’s own facilities. Generally, sailors should make inquiry via their own chain of command, starting with their leading petty officers or division officers.
We expect hotel accommodation to be at a premium around the time of the USS AMERICA Commissioning. So we’ve added a new page – Hotels and Other Amenities – to our website. We will put up a comprehensive list of hotels and other amenities on the new page as soon as we can get the information together. We will add updates as we get them. To be sure to get the latest information, please click on the “Get USS AMERICA News” button to the right of this post to sign up for email messages with our latest news!
Commissioning AMERICA Committee Chair RADM Tom Brown III was interviewed by San Francisco’s KGO7 TV aboard USS Hornet on Monday 10 March. See the Ship Milestones Page to view the video and see the article.
We’ve refined our Invitations Policy to conform with security requirements.
Please look on the AMERICA Milestones page for a video from Ingalls Shipbuilding. It’s a thing of beauty!