Docked In Unalaska, Navy's USS Somerset To Open Friday For Public Tours

Sep 26, 2019

The USS Somerset, photographed Sept. 25 at the Unalaska Marine Center.
Credit Laura Kraegel/KUCB

The U.S. Navy warship USS Somerset has docked in Unalaska. Despite Navy officials' earlier concerns about limited space onboard, the vessel will be open Friday for public tours.

Unalaskans are invited to park their cars and line up at the city dock from 2 to 7 p.m. After clearing a security checkpoint, they'll be taken for tours in groups of 20. 

Officials said groups should leave weapons at home, wear closed-toed shoes, and be prepared to climb stairs and carry small children. While cameras are welcome, guides may point out some sights that are off-limits to photography.

The Somerset is passing through port after participating in large-scale Arctic training exercises on Adak Island.

The 684-foot vessel is an amphibious transport dock ship homeported in San Diego, California. It houses about 1,000 members of the Navy and U.S. Marine Corps, along with a number of helicopters, landing craft, and amphibious vehicles.

Aircraft aboard the USS Somerset, photographed Sept. 25 at the Unalaska Marine Center.
Credit Laura Kraegel/KUCB