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Dakota Meyer spoke to the crew of the first US Navy vessel to be named solely after the city Portland.

U.S. NAVY PHOTO/MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST 2ND CLASS BRITNEY ODOM - Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer receives a command ball cap from the Commanding Officer Capt. Jesus Rodriguez after his visit to amphibious landing dock ship USS Portland (LPD 27), for a question and answer session with Sailors and Marines.  Portland is currently pier side San Diego during her Post Shakedown Availability phase.Dakota Meyer, the second-youngest living recipient of the Medal of Honor, toured the USS Portland Feb. 22. He also spoke with and answered questions from the crew of Sailors and Marines, according to the US Navy.

The amphibious transport dock ship, also known as LPD 27, is the first US Navy vessel named solely for the city of Portland. It is currently docked at its home base in San Diego.

Meyer was brought onboard by Bonnie Amos, Portland's sponsor and wife of the 35th Commandant of the Marine Corps General James Amos.

"I am honored to be here and I am honored every time I see someone in uniform," said Meyer. "Getting out and seeing you all are the proudest moments for me and it's an honor to talk to service members and I thank you all for having me."

CONTRIBUTED - The USS Portland in San Diego.

Meyer and Amos were visiting San Diego as Ambassadors for the Hiring Heroes USA program at the USS Midway Museum. The program's mission is to empower and hire U.S. military veterans and their spouses to succeed in life after the military.

"I was excited when we got to San Diego for our fellowship program," said Amos. "I told Dakota we have to go tour my ship."

Meyer was recognized for his actions during the Battle of Ganjgal on September 8, 2009 in Kunar Province, Afghanistan. He earned the Medal of Honor when, under enemy fire, entered an area guarded by insurgents in an effort to locate missing service members. During his search, he evacuated 13 U.S. service members and several Afghan Soldiers.

Meyers ended his military career in 2010 when he went on to work for the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command and BAE Systems here in San Diego. He now owns his own business called "Flipside Canvas," an inspirational and patriotic home decor art company.

The USS Portland is the 11th San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship. It was commissioned in Portland on April 21, 2018.

The USS Portland is currently in her Post Shakedown Availability phase, which improves the ship to allow the crew to work safer, more efficiently and longer at sea, supporting its crew and allies during times of war or peace.

To read a previous Portland Ytibune story on the USS Portland, go to https://tinyurl.com/y3j86aul.


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