Last Navy ship honoring 9/11 site to be christened
The amphibious transport dock ship Somerset launches from the Huntington Ingalls Industries Avondale Shipyard in Avondale, La., April 14, 2012. / U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Huntington Ingalls Industries
(CBS/AP) NEW ORLEANS - The Navy plans a Saturday christening in Louisiana for the USS Somerset, the last of three ships named for sites of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
The amphibious landing transport is named for the Pennsylvania county where the hijacked United Airlines Flight 93 crashed after passengers fought back against a terrorist takeover.
The 684-foot-long Somerset is the final ship to be built at the Huntington Ingalls Shipyard in Avondale, outside New Orleans. The yard is scheduled to close next year.
Family members of Flight 93 passengers will attend the christening Saturday at 10 a.m. Organizers plan to webcast the ceremony here.
Patrick White, president of a non-profit group, Families of Flight 93, is scheduled to speak at the event, according to the Navy. Mary Jo Myers, wife of former Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Richard Myers, is expected to break a bottle of Champagne across the bow.
The Somerset's sister ships are the New York and Arlington. Each carries steel salvaged from the 9/11 wreckage. The Somerset has a room set aside with a display of 9/11 artifacts.
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