A U.S. Navy destroyer is visiting Anchorage this week, as part of an event being held on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson highlighting changes in the Arctic.

The USS Momsen, an Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer homeported in Everett, Wash., was tied up at the Port of Alaska Wednesday. Port director Steve Ribuffo said the Momsen docked at about 7:30 a.m.

Officials with the Alaskan Command said the Momsen and its crew of about 280 were in port for the next two days as part of the three-day Arctic Maritime Symposium wrapping up Thursday. A logo for the event features a quote from Defense Secretary Jim Mattis: “The U.S. must ensure that our adversaries do not dominate the Arctic region.”

The event was intended to allow military and intelligence leaders, as well as Arctic experts, to discuss “the strategic challenges associated with Arctic maritime operations.”

“The three-day event will provide opportunities for participants to engage with counterparts from different military services and federal agencies through panel discussions, briefs and installation tours organized by experts in maritime strategy, academics, and policy,” military officials said in a statement.

Alaska has been on the front lines of U.S. Arctic strategy, as Congress and the Trump administration work on funding Polar-class icebreakers for the U.S. Coast Guard.

There were no plans for public tours of the Momsen, due to the short duration of its visit.

Scott Gross contributed information to this story.

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