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USS Somerset arrives in San Diego

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The third of three Navy ships named in connection with the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks arrived at its San Diego home port Monday.

The 684-foot amphibious transport dock ship USS Somerset, the ninth vessel of its class, was commissioned March 1 in Philadelphia before an estimated audience of 5,000 people.

Somerset is named in honor of the crew and passengers of United Airlines Flight 93, which crashed near Shanksville, Pa., in Somerset County during the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

The vessel has a crew of nearly 400 and can transport around 1,200 Marines. Amphibious transport dock ships carry smaller landing craft that are designed to transport troops into war zones. They can also carry helicopters and can be used to deliver other cargo, such as supplies.

The other amphibious transport dock ships are the USS New York and USS Arlington. The New York was named in honor of the victims and first-responders at the World Trade Center towers, while the Arlington is named for those who died -- and the rescuers at -- the Pentagon.

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