USS Somerset (LPD-25)
Somerset launched from the Avondale Shipyard in 2012.
|Namesake:||Somerset County, Pennsylvania|
|Awarded:||21 December 2007|
|Laid down:||11 December 2009|
|Launched:||14 April 2012|
|Sponsored by:||Mrs. Mary Jo Myers|
|Christened:||28 July 2012|
|Commissioned:||1 March 2014|
|Homeport:||San Diego, California|
|Status:||in active service|
|Class and type:||San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock|
|Displacement:||25,000 tons full|
|Draft:||7 m (23 ft)|
|Propulsion:||Four Colt-Pielstick diesel engines, two shafts, 40,000 hp (30 MW)|
|Speed:||22 knots (41 km/h)|
|Boats & landing
|Capacity:||699 (66 officers, 633 enlisted); surge to 800 total.|
|Complement:||28 officers, 333 enlisted|
|Aircraft carried:||Four CH-46 Sea Knight helicopters or two MV-22 tilt rotor aircraft may be launched or recovered simultaneously.|
The ship is named after the passengers of United Airlines Flight 93 during the September 11 attacks of 2001, whose actions prevented the plane, hijacked by terrorists, from reaching their intended target, forcing the airplane to crash in Stonycreek Township in Somerset County, Pennsylvania. In the words of Secretary of the Navy Gordon R. England, "The courage and heroism of the people aboard the flight will never be forgotten and USS Somerset will leave a legacy that will never be forgotten by those wishing to do harm to this country." Some 22 tons of steel from a crane that stood near Flight 93's crash site have been used to construct Somerset's stemhold.
The contract to build Somerset was awarded on 21 December 2007, to Northrop Grumman Ship Systems of Pascagoula, Mississippi. Mrs. Mary Jo Myers, the wife of General Richard Myers, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is the ship's sponsor. Somerset's keel was laid down on 11 December 2009, at Northrop Grumman's Avondale shipyard in New Orleans, Louisiana. She was launched on 14 April 2012, and was christened three months later, on 28 July. She completed acceptance trials in September 2013. On 3 February 2014 USS Somerset was recorded as the last Navy ship to depart from the Avondale Ship Yard. The ship was commissioned on 1 March 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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- "Media Opportunities for Christening of Amphibious Transport Dock Somerset (LPD 25); Ship Named for 9/11 Heroes of United Flight 93" (Press release). Huntington Ingalls Industries. 20 July 2012. Retrieved 22 July 2012.
- Cavas, Christopher (3 October 2013). "New Ship News – Sub launched, Carrier prepped, LCS delivered". Defense News.
- "Ingalls-built Amphibious Transport Dock Somerset (LPD 25) Completes Acceptance Trials". 11 October 2013.
- "USS Somerset Commissioned as Flight 93 Tribute". ABC News. 1 March 2014. Retrieved 1 March 2014.
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