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USS Somerset a tribute to Flight 93 victims

USS Somerset named after county where Flight 93 crashed in Pennsylvania.
By DANIELLE HAYNES, UPI.com   |   March 3, 2014 at 7:58 AM   |   Comments

PHILADELPHIA, March 3 (UPI) -- The U.S. Navy warship USS Somerset became official Saturday in a ceremony in Philadelphia that paid special tribute to the victims of the crash of Flight 93 during the Sept. 11, 2011, terror attacks.

The ship, which carries a crew of Navy and Marine Corps, was named in honor of the location of the jetliner crash in Shanksville, Pa., in Somerset County.

“You will forever share a bond with our loved ones and the Somerset County community from where so much was given and lost," said Gordon Felt, president of the Families of Flight 93, at the ceremony.

“This is all about faithfulness, and that crew on Flight 93 was faithful all the way till the end and they fought hard,” said James Amos, of the Marine Corps. “And that’s what this ship is going to do for the United States of America.”

The shop cost $1.2 billion, took four years to build, is 684 feet long and 105 feet wide, can reach speeds of 22 knots per hour, and required 77,736 gallons of paint.

[KDKA-TV, Philadelphia]
[Philadelphia Inquirer]

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