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USS Anchorage (LPD 23)

"Nil fato relinquemus (We leave nothing to chance)"



Congratulations on your assignment to the U.S.S Anchorage (LPD 23) and Welcome Aboard! Anchorage is the seventh LPD-17 Class amphibious transport dock and the Second Ship to bear the name Anchorage. ANCHORAGE is currently in the shipyards in San Diego, CA. Her homeport is San Diego, Ca.

The ship is responsible for policy and implementation of many "people" programs in the Navy and consists of several special assistants, which are supported by a crew of over 300 personnel.  These responsibilities include Personal Excellence and Partnerships; Physical Readiness; Navy Drug and Alcohol Programs; Equal Opportunity; Casualty Assistance and Retired Affairs; Navy Music Program; Morale, Welfare, and Recreational Services; and Personal, Family and Community Support.  As you can see, we cover a wide variety of programs that affect virtually all Sailors at some time during their careers.

If you have not already been contacted, please reach out to our command sponsorship team via email: The team will provide general information, reporting details, area information, and most importantly, ensure you are linked with a command sponsor who will help you in the transition to our ship and San Diego, Ca. You can find additional information and receive updates on our command on out command website and on our Facebook page at

Additionally, USS Anchorage has an outstanding ombudsman available to answer questions, provide guidance, and connect families to resources available locally. They can be reached at (619) 559-2707 or via email at ANCHORAGEOMBUDSMAN.LPD23@GMAIL.COM.

Again, welcome aboard!  I am very pleased that you are joining our team and look forward to meeting you.
                                                                        CAPT Joshua Wenker
If you need a sponsor, please download and email the filled Sponsorship Questionnaire form here.

Other Information:
Quarterdeck:  (619) 556-4556
Radio: (619) 545-7519
Sponsor Email:
Ombudsman: Etel Madadi
Ombudsman Email: or 619-559-2707 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

1. What is an Ombudsman?
Every Command has an Ombudsman who is a spouse of a sailor at the Command. The Ombudsman serves as the liaison between the command and the families. The Ombudsman is the point of contact for the families. He or she can assist families with navigating through Navy life through resources and information.

2. How can an Ombudsman help me?
Navy Family Ombudsmen are key resources for family members, particularly during deployments. Ombudsmen maintain current resource files with information on military and civilian community agencies that can help families solve a variety of problems, and successfully meet the challenges they face before, during, and after deployments. In addition to providing referral information, Ombudsmen can facilitate communication between the Command and family members. Ombudsmen may publish or contribute to command newsletters or maintain care lines, which have recorded messages with information for command families that can be accessed 24 hours a day. Ombudsmen can also assist families in contacting the Command for a variety of reasons.

3. What is the role of the COMNAVSURFPAC Force Ombudsman?
The Force Ombudsman provides oversight and guidance for all the Surface Ship's Ombudsmen in the Pacific Fleet Area of Responsibility. You can contact the Surface Forces Ombudsman at (619) 301-6983 or send an email to

4. What is an IA assignment or tour?
An IA is an Individual Augmentee. A Sailor may receive orders to go IA and this means that he or she will deploy as an Individual, not with their command. Sometimes an IA will deploy and be stationed with another branch of the Military.

5. What is NFAAS?
Navy Family Accountability and Assessment System. This is how the Navy will track your family and assess your needs during an emergency.

6. How can I find out more about medical, dental or Navy family resources?
Contact your Command Ombudsman. He or she will guide you to your resources.

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USS Anchorage (LPD 23)

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