On mid-day Saturday, April 14, the USS Portland passed St. Helens, cruising east on the Columbia River towards its namesake city. The ship will be officially commissioned on Saturday morning, April 21, in Portland.
The USS Portland (LPD-27) is the third Navy ship to be named Portland, but the first to be named exclusively for the great maritime city Portland, Oregon, according to USS Portland Commissioning Committee.
The San Antonio-class amphibious transport 684 feet long and displaces 25,000 tons.
According to USS Portland Commissioning Committee, the USS Portland will be providing shipboard tours to the public on the dates and times as follows:
Monday, April 16: 2–5 p.m.
Tuesday, April 17: 2–5 p.m.
Wednesday, April 18: 2–5 p.m.
Friday, April 20: 2–5 p.m.
A Commissioning Ceremony will take place in Portland, alongside Terminal 2, on Saturday morning, April 21, by the U.S. Navy.
According to USS Portland Commissioning Committee, the Commissioning Ceremony is one of the most important traditional ceremonial milestones in the life of the Ship, for it represents the acceptance of the Ship by the United States Navy and her entry in to the active fleet.