USS Portland tours available next week in namesake city

FILE -- GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba (Jan. 2, 2018) USS Portland (LPD 27) transits Guantanamo Bay during a brief fuel stop. The ship is scheduled to be commissioned in its namesake city of Portland, Oregon in April. (U. S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class John Philip Wagner, Jr./Released)

The USS Portland is just one week away from being commissioned, and soon you can tour it yourself.

Right now it’s in Astoria, but on Saturday, April 21, the ship will be officially commissioned here in Portland, making it mission-ready.

It will dock at Marine Terminal Two on Northwest Front Avenue, just north of the Fremont Bridge.

On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, it’s open from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., and on Friday, it’s open 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The commission ceremony is set for 10 a.m. Saturday, April 21. It’s open to the public, but tickets are already gone.

It’ll then head to its home port in San Diego.

The USS Portland is an amphibious transport dock ship. The U.S. Navy says those ships are used to transport and land Marines, their supplies and equipment ashore through the use of various landing craft.

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