By Dick Kauffman
August 23, 2005
The Sailors and Marines on board the San Diego-based amphibious transport dock ship were in Alaska participating in the recent exercise Alaskan Shield/Northern Edge. The exercise was a U.S. Northern Command exercise conducted with military, state and local agencies and focused on homeland security actions in and around the state of Alaska.
Photograph by Chris Wilhelm ©2005
The USS Ogden, named for the city of Ogden, Utah, has a crew of 24 officers and 396 enlisted personnel. She has a Marine Detachment of approximately 900. Commander Michael P. Taylor is the Commanding Officer and the Executive Officer is Commander Select Christopher J. Zayatz.
The USS Ogden's armament includes two 20mm Phalanx CIWS, two 25mm Mk 38 guns, and eight .50-caliber machine guns.
Displacing approximately 16,900 tons with a maximum speed of 21 knots, the USS Ogden has a well deck capacity of one Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC), or one Landing Craft Utility (LCU), or four Landing Craft, Mechanized-8 (LCM-8), or nine Landing Craft Mechanized-6 (LCM-6), or 24 amphibious assault vehicles (AAV).
There are no aircraft but a telescopic hangar is installed aboard. The hangar is not used to accommodate helicopters but on the flight deck there is space for up to six CH-46 helicopters.
According to the Navy News Service, Ogden worked with the U.S. Coast Guard, state and local law enforcement and other first responders during the Alaskan Shield/Northern Edge exercise to test joint compatibility. The maritime interdiction training scenarios included compliant and non-compliant boarding of various participating vessels. Guided-missile destroyer USS Russell (DDG 59), frigate USS Crommelin (FFG 37) and various Coast Guard units were also participants in the joint exercise.
scheduling a tour on August 21, 2005 for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ketchikan.
Photograph by Gretchen Klein ©2005
Alaska is the only state to practice its emergency response capabilities at the national level biannually. Other states normally conduct this level of intense training every 7 to 10 years.
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