Don Young Port of Alaska in Anchorage
Don Young Port of Alaska in Anchorage

Inside the Gates: U.S.S. Momsen ports in Anchorage

Published: August 22, 2018

By Scott Gross

For the first time since 2015, a Navy Destroyer made it's way to the Port of Alaska.

"Right now, we know that the environment is changing," Director for Operations for Alaska Command Col. Mark Schmidt said. "What that means to us? We don't know. We want to understand and get after what capabilities and requirements are needed in this changing environment."

To do that, Alaska Command is hosting the first ever Arctic Maritime Symposium at JBER and the Port of Alaska. The event is designed to bring together senior military leaders to discuss strategic challenges in maritime operations in the Arctic.

"General Wilsbach specifically designed this to get the right minds and leaders here," Col. Schmidt said. "It's to get after the challenges and opportunities. We have Admiral Samuel Locklear here talked about his view from strategic points with leaders from the Navy and Coast Guard."

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