NORFOLK (NNS) — With an estimated crowd of more than 5,000 on hand here today, USS Arlington (LPD 24) was commissioned and officially joined the U.S. Navy’s fleet.
The ship is named for the county of Arlington, Va. and honors the first responders and the 184 victims who died when American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon Sept. 11, 2001.
“LPD 24 bears a name of great significance to our Navy and Marine Corps team,” wrote the ceremony’s keynote speaker, Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. James Amos, in his congratulatory letter to the ship.
“LPD 24 will forever represent the courage, devotion and teamwork that characterized our military and first responders on that modern day of infamy.”
Arlington is the eighth in the Navy’s San Antonio class of ships, designed to be the most survivable amphibious vessels ever put to sea. The ship combines 21st century amphibious shipbuilding and warfighting technologies to support current and future Marine Corps aircraft and landing craft, capable of transporting nearly 1,200 Sailors and Marines into harm’s way.
“As a son of a history teacher, I always teach our Sailors about our heritage,” said Arlington Commanding Officer Cmdr. Darren Nelson. “We are here to make sure no one ever forgets those who lost their lives that day giving us our name. It is our duty to have the strength to fight terrorism, honor those that have gone before us and maintain the fortitude to continue the fight as long as necessary.” Read More Navy.mil
The commissioning of USS Arlington, one of the three LPDs named in honor of the heroes of the attacks on 9/11/2001. Recorded at Norfolk Naval Station on April 6, 2013