KEN LAMBERT / THE SEATTLE TIMES
A rollerblader along Elliott Bay gets a look at the USNS Montford Point, which appears to hold most of downtown when viewed from West Seattle on Thursday. It's scheduled to arrive at Naval Station Everett on Friday. The new vessel is designed as a seagoing pier for friendly forces and can support military hovercraft, according to a news release. The new ship left San Diego on July 12. During its stay at Everett, the ship will conduct final contract trials for the Navy's Board of Inspection and Survey through early fall, according to the news release. The ship is 785 feet long, and its maximum speed will be 15 knots with a range of 9,500 nautical miles. For more information about Military Sealift Command, visit www.msc.navy.mil.