Astoria welcomed the arrival of the USS Duluth Tuesday along with the crew and Cmdr. Larry Grippin.

The Duluth will serve as the flagship during the Astoria Regatta's 110th anniversary. It is docked at Pier 1 of the Port of Astoria. The crew and Cmdr. Grippin will be honored by the Regatta Court during the week-long festivities.

Grippin graduated from Oregon State University and received his commission in March 1986 and has served on more than four ships. He served in the Arabian Gulf during Operations Support Hope and Vigilant Warrior.

The public is welcome to tour of the U.S. Navy warship, which serves as an amphibious transport dock for U.S. Marine troops and their equipment and supplies.

Tours run from 8 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 4 p.m. through Sunday. On Saturday, the ship will only be open for touring from 8 to 11 a.m.

Lt. Bruce Begley of the Duluth says that all bags will be searched and he recommends leaving them at home. Cameras are OK to bring aboard the ship. He also recommends that visitors wear flat-soled or tennis shoes, and no high heeled shoes will be allowed.

The Regatta runs through Aug. 15.

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