Named in honor of the courageous passengers and crew of United Airlines Flight 93 

Somerset County, PA, Courthouse 
Somerset County Courthouse
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 and Arlington, USS Somerset is named in commemoration of the September 11, 2001 attacks. The name honors the passengers and crew of United Airlines Flight 93 whose actions prevented terrorist highjackers from reaching their intended target, forcing the airplane to crash near Shanksville, Somerset County, PA.

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, embodying the strength and determination of the people of the United States: to recover, to rally, to take the fight to the enemy.

“The courage and heroism of the people aboard Flight 93 will never be forgotten and USS Somerset will leave a legacy that will never be forgotten by those wishing to do harm to this country.”

- Secretary of the Navy, Gordon R. England.

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