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I sailed, briefly, on USS Anchorage in 1997. We embarked a naval HQ and a company of PPCLI for a landing exercise at Nanoose. I had previously sailed on a couple of HMC ships and understood the meaning of the word "shipshape". The Anchorage was more like a garbage scow than a naval vessel. We occupied the quarters normally assigned to the USMC and they were disgusting. The filth in the lower deck berths was so bad it reduced one of our MS to tears. Our Ops Chief, as I recall, took the issue in hand and with lots of hot water and elbow grease the cabins were made marginally habitable. The officers's berths were not much better but of course without an NCO to organize us we just wallowed in the dirt. I got the sense from the ship's crew that this was the usual state of affairs for the Marine's berths. I won't get into details of the USN crew's seamanship, other than to say that while transiting the Gulf Islands the senior RCN officer aboard was within seconds of seizing command of the ship to avoid the USN Captain taking us aground. That would have been interesting. Apparently navigation, like cleanliness, was not a critical factor on this ship.