Amphibious Transport Dock

LPD 25  -  USS Somerset

 

 

lpd 25 uss somerset crest insignia patch san antonio class amphibious transport dock

lpd 25 uss somerset san antonio class amphibious transport dock landing ship us navy huntington ingalls avondale new orleans

Type, Class:

 

Amphibious Transport Dock (LPD); San Antonio - class;

planned and built as LPD-25

Builder:

 

Huntington Ingalls Industries, Avondale Operations, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

STATUS:

 

Awarded: December 21, 2007

Laid down: December 11, 2009

Launched: April 14, 2012

Commissioned: March 1, 2014

ACTIVE UNIT (PACIFIC FLEET)

Homeport:

 

Naval Base San Diego, California, USA

Namesake:

 

named after and in honor of Somerset County, Pennsylvania

Ship's Motto:

 

VIRTUS PER ADVERSA  ‘courage through adversity’

Technical Data:

(Measures, Propulsion,

Armament, Aviation, etc.)

 

see: INFO > San Antonio - class Amphibious Transport Dock

 

ship images

 

lpd 25 uss somerset san antonio class amphibious transport dock naval base san diego california

San Diego, California - April 2014

 

arrival at its new homeport - San Diego, California - April 21, 2014

 

lpd 25 uss somerset commissioning ceremony march 2014

commissioning ceremony - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - March 1, 2014

 

uss somerset lpd 25 san antonio class amphibious transport dock commissioning ceremony philadelphia pennsylvania 2014

commissioning ceremony - March 1, 2014

 

lpd 25 uss somerset san antonio class amphibious transport dock us navy

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - February 21, 2014

 

August 2013

 

LPD-25 USS Somerset San Antonio class amphibious transport dock Huntington Ingalls Avondale

during construction (Huntington Ingalls Industries photo via USN)

 

USS Somerset LPD-25 construction Huntington Ingalls Industries Avondale

during construction - Avondale, Louisiana - April 2012 (Huntington Ingalls Industries photo via USN)

 

LPD-25 USS Somerset launching floating dock Avondale

(LPD-25 official site)

 

LPD-25 USS Somerset San Antonio class

(LPD-25 official site)

 

USS Somerset LPD-25 Huntington Ingalls Avondale US Navy

during construction - 2010 (Huntington Ingalls Industries photo via USN)

 

 

History:

USS Somerset (LPD 25):

 

LPD 25 honors the courage of the heroic passengers of United Airlines Flight 93 whose actions prevented the terrorist hijackers from reaching their destination only to have their airplane crash near Shanksville in Somerset County, PA on September 11, 2001. Then Secretary of the Navy Gordon England stated, “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.” This is the fifth U.S. Navy ship named Somerset.

 

Somerset County is located in the southwestern portion of Pennsylvania known as the Laurel Highlands. Most of Somerset County is a high plateau or tableland, located between the crests of the Allegheny Mountains on the east, and Laurel Hill on the west. The National Park Service is planning a Flight 93 National Memorial near the crash site within the county.

 

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From NAVSEA Office of Corporate Communications:


AVONDALE, La. - The future USS Somerset (LPD 25) launched April 14 from Huntington Ingalls Industries' (HII) Avondale Shipyard, marking a key milestone in the ship's construction process.

LPD 25 is the ninth ship of the San Antonio class, and is named in honor of the courage of the passengers of United Airlines Flight 93, which crashed near Shanksville in Somerset County, Pa., on 9/11.

Over the weeks following the Flight 93 crash, recovery personnel retrieved more than 95 percent of the airplane's wreckage from the crash site. An American flag was hoisted on the top of a power shovel or "dragline" on a hill dominating the area. The dragline had been used in coal stripping at one time, and the equipment with the flag became a symbol of the effort.

In the summer of 2008, steel from the dragline's bucket was melted down and cast into LPD 25's bow stem. Somerset is the final of three ships named to honor heroes of the September 11th attacks, joining the USS New York (LPD 21) and USS Arlington (LPD 24), respectively. LPD 25 is the fifth U.S. Navy ship named Somerset.

"As the ninth ship of the San Antonio class, LPD 25's launch represents an important success for the entire program," said Jay Stefany, LPD 17 program manager for the Navy's Program Executive Office (PEO) Ships. "The Navy and the shipbuilder have incorporated many lessons learned and driven efficiencies into the production, resulting in the most complete ship at launch to date for the LPD 17 class. I look forward to HII delivering this critical capability to the Navy."

 

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