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Navy ship arrives in Seward

The Seward Harbor welcomed a new ship Monday with the arrival of the USS Comstock (LSD-45). 

The San Diego-based amphibious dock landing ship is travelling to ports throughout Alaska as part of the Arctic Expeditionary Capabilities Exercise (AECE), a collection of exercises throughout the Aleutian Islands, South Central Alaska and Southern California that aims to prepare joint forces to respond to crises in the Indo-Pacific. 

The view from the USS Comstock’s flight deck.

“We had great winds, good seas and a beautiful day to arrive in Seward,” said Cmdr. Kevin Culver, the Comstock’s captain, after docking Monday. 

The Comstock will be in Seward all week, performing exercises at Fourth of July beach and offering opportunities for the public to explore the ship’s role in the U.S. Navy.

“She is a simple ship, a large one and very capable,” Culver said. 

Seward Mayor David Squires accepts a plaque recognizing the USS Comstock’s first visit to Seward from Cmdr. Kevin Culver on Monday, Sept. 16 in Seward.

On Tuesday, the public is invited to tour the naval exercises at 4th of July Beach from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. 

On Wednesday from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., the public is invited to tour the Navy ship while it’s docked at the cruise ship terminal. Tours are first come, first served and participants must have their I.D.