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

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.

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

Laura Kraegel reported for KUCB from 2016 until 2020. She was KUCB's news director starting in 2019. We are proud to have her back in the spring of 2023 filling in as an interim reporter for KUCB.
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