The USS Somerset is a new United States Navy ship that has been named in honor of 40 passengers and crew members who were killed as their hijacked United Airlines airplane crashed as terrorists overtook their plane during the September 11 attacks over a decade ago. The USS Somerset has been named for the southwest Pennsylvania county where Flight 93 crashed, according to an ABC News report on Sunday.
At the ceremony, Sen. Pat Toomey said that what we commemorate is not that war or an attack on Americans, but we commemorate the day America began to fight back.
The commemoration of the USS Somerset occurred before more than 5,000 persons who attended the event at Penn’s Landing. Many of the Sept. 11 victims’ family members were present.
The USS Somerset is not the first ship to be named to honor 9/11 victims. Previously, the USS New York and USS Arlington were named in honor of persons who were killed in the Pentagon and in the World Trade Center on September 11.
Crew manned the ship and Captain Thomas Dearborn – the USS Somerset’s commanding officer – said, “Somerset, let’s roll,” which paid homage to Flight 93 passenger Todd Beamer’s famous rallying cry. Beamer was the passenger on Flight 93 who helped lead the passenger rebellion which resulted in the plane crash occurring some 50 miles southeast of Pittsburgh. All along, investigators asserted that the terrorist hijackers had plans of crashing into the Capitol or the White House in Washington, D.C.
The USS Somerset is scheduled to leave for its home port in San Diego, California, on Tuesday.