The Defense Department announced the christening of the amphibious transport dock ship will be made on Saturday. It will be named Somerset to honor the crew and passengers of United Airlines Flight 93. It was the third passenger airline that the terrorist hijacked on September 11, 2001. It crashed in Somerset County, Pennsylvania, in a field near Shanksville after the passengers overwhelmed the terrorist.
The steel from the dragline where the U.S. flag was flown at the crash site were melted down and cast into the ships bow stem. It is the third amphibious transport dock ship to honor the 9/11 victims. The others are the USS New York and the USS Arlington. All three ships were built in Avondale shipyard. The shipyard is on track for closure for next year and the USS Somerset is one of the last ships to be built there.
The USS Somerset is a 684-foot-long amphibious transport dock ships, of the San Antonio class. It will be used to transport marines and their gear to war. It has the capacity to carry up to 800 personnel.
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