Navy ship in town for Fourth of July holiday

Posted: Sunday, July 01, 2001

Residents and visitors will have a chance to visit a large U.S. Navy supply ship in Juneau over the Fourth of July holiday.

The 795-foot USS Camden is due to arrive at the Coast Guard pier off Egan Drive downtown at 9 a.m. Tuesday and stay until 4 p.m. Friday, said Lt. Cmdr. Jim Plosay, operations officer in Juneau for the Navy.

Public tours are scheduled for 9-11 a.m. and 1-4 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, he said.

The Camden has a crew of 569 people. Some of them will help the local nonprofit group Trail Mix and others may volunteer to cook or serve at the Glory Hole, the downtown homeless shelter and dining hall, Plosay said.

Part of the ship's visit "is to support the community and some is to keep the Navy in the forefront of people's eyes and the good things we do," Plosay said.

The Camden's main job is to supply combat ships with fuel, ammunition and stores, according to the ship's Web site. It is deployed frequently in the Western Pacific and Indian oceans with the Seventh Fleet.

Its steam turbines can power the ship at up to 32 knots. It carries 4,280 feet of fuel hoses and its anchor weighs 25,000 pounds. The Camden, named after a New Jersey city, was commissioned in 1967, and has been homeported in Bremerton, Wash., since 1974.

For more information, check the ship's Web site at

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