The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

February 21, 2014

USS Somerset arrives in Philadelphia


Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA — A Navy ship named for the 9/11 attack site in Somerset County has arrived in Philadelphia for its commissioning ceremony.

The USS Somerset moved up the Delaware River on Friday. It’s christened for the county where a hijacked airliner, United Airlines Flight 93, crashed after passengers stormed the cockpit.

The amphibious transport dock is the last of three vessels honoring 9/11 victims and first responders. It joins the USS New York and USS Arlington.

The USS Somerset will be open for public tours beginning next week. The private commissioning ceremony, which officially places a ship into service, is scheduled for March 1.

The $1.2 billion vessel will then head to its home port in San Diego.

It’s designed to launch helicopters, tilt-rotor aircraft and assault watercraft.