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USS Somerset: Ship commissioned as tribute to United Flight 93

Crew members line the rails for the tribute of the USS Somerset.
Crew members line the rails for the tribute of the USS Somerset.
Joseph Kaczmarek

A new U.S. Navy warship named the USS Somerset has been commissioned and named after the area of southwestern Pennsylvania where United Flight 93 crashed on Sept. 11, 2001. Yahoo News reported on March 1, 2014, that the ship is in place to full honor the 40 passengers and crew who were killed after their hijacked flight crashed as they fought with terrorists.

The USS Somerset was put into service in Philadelphia on Saturday.

In front of a crowd of 5,000 people at Penn's landing, the USS Somerset was put in service and as Senator Pat Toomey said, "What we commemorate is not that war or an attack on America. We commemorate the day America began to fight back."

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The USS Somerset is the third U.S. Navy ship that has been named in honor of 9/11 victims. Previously, the USS New York and USS Arlington have been commissioned in honor of those that were killed in the towers of the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

Christened in Avondale, Louisiana, the USS Somerset was delivered to the Navy in Oct., 2013. It has been docked for more than a week in Philadelphia and is scheduled to head to its home port of San Diego this Tuesday.

Many remember United Flight 93 for many reasons, and especially when Somerset's commanding officer, Capt. Thomas Dearborn, said "Somerset, let's roll." That was in honor of the rally cry from Flight 93 passenger Todd Beamer who prepared other passengers to fight the terrorists.

Carol Heiderich, sister of Capt. Jason Dahl who was the pilot of Flight 93, said that the USS Somerset is a great tribute to all who were lost.

"It's such an honor to have our family members remembered in this way," said Heiderich, 59, of Hollister, Calif.

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