U.S.S. Duluth Anchor dedication ceremony brings the sights and sounds of naval officers to the Northland

By KBJR News 1

August 22, 2014 Updated Aug 22, 2014 at 9:06 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Northlanders dedicated a new monument Friday from a retired Navy Ship bearing Duluth's namesake.

The U.S.S. Duluth's anchor now sits along the Lakewalk in its namesake city in remembrance of the ship's service and crew members.

"This memorial really serves as a dedication not only to the people who have served on board the Duluth, but to the community... communities like Duluth, communities like Rochester, who continue to support the Naval services," said Commanding Officer, Brian Tanaka.

A dedication ceremony Friday, celebrated those who put countless hours into bringing the prize "home."

"Duluth is a sea-going town with a tremendous history of the U.S. Navy, dating back to World War II, and the Minnesota Iron ore was used to build the Navy ships, PT boats were built here," said Commander of the Naval Warfare center, David Duryea.

The decommissioned U.S.S. Duluth transported U.S. Marines, their supplies, and equipment.

"We had this great ship the U.S.S. Duluth, ya know, served in the navy for 40 years, and it's just fantastic that they can commemorate here at the park where everyday the people of Duluth can walk by and see the anchor and remember the great men who served on that ship for 40 years," said Duryea.

The ship served in the Vietnam and the Gulf War, assisted in a large oil spill clean-up, and provided humanitarian assistance after the 2005 Indian Ocean tsunami... leaving its mark, for decades to come.

"The Navy and its role in preserving our freedom is enduring. It connects us to our past with the Duluth, and it links us to the future with the U.S.S Minnesota, which is a brand new ship," said Tanaka.

The transport dock is the second Navy ship to be named after Duluth.

Elsa Robins