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Somerset arrives in Philadelphia for commissioning

Feb. 21, 2014 - 02:53PM   |  
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PHILADELPHIA An amphib named for a 9/11 attack site has arrived in Philadelphia for its commissioning ceremony.

The amphibious transport dock Somerset moved up the Delaware River on Friday. It’s named for the Pennsylvania county where a hijacked airliner crashed after passengers stormed the cockpit.

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

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.

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