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USS Portland Sails Into Town For Commissioning


The USS Portland sails along the Columbia River underneath the St. Johns Bridge shortly after 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 14.

The USS Portland sails along the Columbia River underneath the St. Johns Bridge shortly after 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 14.

Zane Sparling/Portland Tribune

Salutations from shorebound citizens greeted the U.S.S. Portland as it glided beneath the St. Johns Bridge near the watery mouth of its namesake city.

The amphibious transport vessel, whose home port will be in San Diego, steamed into Portland shortly after 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 14, eliciting cheers and hand-waving from dozens on a dock even as the ship’s wake swamped their shoes and pant legs.

“I was quite impressed with what I saw. I’m thinking finally our hard-earned dollars went somewhere,” said Paul Landeros, a 64-year-old resident of North Portland who was out snapping pics of the ship’s arrival.

“That was great! I loved it,” he noted as the ship on the Columbia River sailed beneath a Burlington Northern railroad bridge, seemingly with only inches to spare.

Read the whole story at Pamplin Media.

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