USS Somerset to get active status
May 10, 2013 10:20 AM

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — U.S. Sens. Pat Toomey and Bob Casey said the Navy has agreed to commission the USS Somerset in Philadelphia.

The Pennsylvania senators said the USS Somerset is the Navy’s newest amphibious transport dock ship. It was christened the Somerset in remembrance of the western Pennsylvania county where hijacked United Airlines Flight 93 crashed during the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

The USS New York and USS Arlington commemorate the other sites attacked that day, the World Trade Center towers and the Pentagon.

The USS Somerset was christened, or named, in July. A ship is commissioned when it is formally put into active service.

Gordon Felt, president of the Families of Flight 93 organization, said heartfelt thanks go out to the members Congress and Navy officials who made the arrangements.

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