Thursday, April 04, 2013

Navy to Commission Newest Amphib Warship Arlington

Navy to Commission Newest Amphib Warship Arlington



By Department of Defense Public Affairs
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The Navy will commission the newest San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship, Arlington, during a 12:30 p.m. EDT ceremony Saturday, April 6, at Naval Station Norfolk, Va.

The ship is named for the county of Arlington and honors the first responders and the 184 victims who died when American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon Sept. 11, 2001.

"This ship and her proud name symbolize what is exceptional about the United States," said Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus. "For the next several decades, Arlington will take Marines and their equipment wherever they are needed, whether to provide humanitarian assistance or lethal combat capability. But more important, Arlington will carry with her the legacy of valor exhibited by Marines throughout the Corps' history and shown by those who lost their lives on American Airlines Flight 77."

More at: http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=73174

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