LA built USS Somerset to be commissioned March 1 in honor of 9/11 attacks
POSTED: Thursday, February 27, 2014 - 3:33pm
UPDATED: Thursday, February 27, 2014 - 3:34pm
PHILADELPHIA, PA (NBC33) — The USS Somerset will be commissioned March 1. The ship’s name honors the courageous passengers of United Airlines Flight 93, which crashed in Somerset County, PA, during the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Somerset is the ninth San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock and is the third of three named in honor of those victims and first responders of the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
The ship recently left from the Avondale Shipyards in Louisiana, where it was constructed.
The March 1 commissioning ceremony is a formal ceremony and time-honored tradition that places a warship in active service as a member of the Navy's operational fleet. The event is not open to the general public.
Upon formal commissioning USS Somerset (LPD 25) will proceed to its homeport of San Diego.