The U.S.S. Oak Hill (LSD 51, originally LSD 7) will weigh anchor in Rockland Harbor for the Maine Lobster Festival this year.

The ship is named for the residence of the fifth president of the United States, James Monroe. The ship herself was commissioned Jan. 5, 1944, designed to serve as a cargo and transport type amphibious ship and as a floating dry dock. U.S.S. Oak Hill participated in operations and performed duties throughout World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. Throughout her service, she earned five battle stars during World War II and an additional six battle stars in Vietnam.

As in previous years, tours of the vessel will be available during festival week. Tours are currently scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 3, and Thursday, Aug. 4, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 6, from 1 to 4 p.m. These dates and times are subject to change. Crew members of the U.S.S. Oak Hill will also escort the Sea Princesses on the Main Stage for the Maine Sea Goddess Coronation.