USS SOMERSET is the ninth SAN ANTONIO - class amphibious transport dock and the fifth ship in the Navy to bear the name.
|General Characteristics:||Awarded: December 21, 2007|
|Keel laid: December 11, 2009|
|Launched: April 14, 2012|
|Commissioned: March 1, 2014|
|Builder: Northrop Grumman Ship Systems, Avondale, New Orleans, La.|
|Propulsion system: four sequentially turbocharged marine Colt-Pielstick Diesels|
|Length: 684 feet (208.5 meters)|
|Beam: 105 feet (31.9 meters)|
|Draft: 23 feet (7 meters)|
|Displacement: approx. 24,900 tons|
|Speed: 22 knots|
|Well deck capacity: two LCAC or one LCU and 14 Expeditionary Fighting Vehicles|
|Aircraft: landing platform for all helicopters and the MV-22 Osprey; maintenance facilities for one CH-53E or two CH-46s or one MV-22 or three UH/AH-1s|
|Crew: Ship: 28 officers, 332 enlisted|
|Marine Detachment: 66 officers, 633 enlisted (can be expanded to 800)|
|Homeport: San Diego, Calif.|
|Armament: two Bushmaster II 30 mm Close in Guns; two |
This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USS SOMERSET. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.
About the Ship's Name:
USS SOMERSET is named in honor of the passengers and crew of United Airlines Flight 93. Their actions prevented terrorist hijackers from reaching their presumed destination of the White House only to have the hijacked jet crash near Shanksville in Somerset County, Pa., Sept. 11, 2001. Like her sister ships, USS NEW YORK (LPD 21) and ARLINGTON (LPD 24), USS SOMERSET is named in commemoration of the September 11, 2001 attacks.
Over the weeks following the Flight 93 crash, recovery personnel retrieved more than 95 percent of the airplane's wreckage from the crash site. An American flag was hoisted on the top of a power shovel or "dragline" on a hill dominating the area. The dragline had been used in coal stripping at one time, and the equipment with the flag became a symbol of the effort.
In the summer of 2008, the dragline's 22 ton steel bucket was melted down and cast into LPD 25's bow stem.
USS SOMERSET Image Gallery:
The photos below were taken by Lydia Perz and show the SOMERSET at Naval Base San Diego, Calif., on May 3, 2014. The ship arrived at San Diego for the first time on April 21, 2014, after the transit from Philadelphia, Penn., where it was commissioned.
The photos below were taken by Michael Jenning and show the SOMERSET at Naval Base San Diego, Calif., on December 27, 2014.
The photo below was taken by Michael Jenning and shows the SOMERSET departing San Diego, Calif., on her way to San Francisco to participate in Fleet Week San Francisco. The photo was taken on October 2, 2015.
The photos below were taken by Michael Jenning on October 11, 2015, during an open house aboard USS SOMERSET as part of Fleet Week San Francisco.
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The photos below were taken by Michael Jenning and show the SOMERSET at Naval Base San Diego, Calif., on April 18, 2016.
The photos below were taken by Michael Jenning and show the SOMERSET at the General Dynamics NASSCO Shipyard in San Diego, Calif., on October 11, 2017.