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.
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