Category Archives: USS NEW YORK & Sister Ships

Coshocton native is firefighter on new ship

River View graduate Petty Officer 1st Class Gary Sells serve on a ship named in honor of those who died during the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the USS Somerset. / Submitted

By Leonard Hayhurst Coshocton Tribune Petty Officer 1st Class Gary Sells is proud to be serving on the U.S. Navy’s newest amphibious transport dock ship, but he is even prouder to serve on a ship named in honor of those who died during the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The USS Somerset is named for Somerset County, […]

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9/11 flag to fly on new ship

Joanne and Steve Galvin assigned meaning to each of the flag’s elements — its colors and stars — when they designed a Remembrance Flag in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. Submitted photo

By Mike Hibbard Finger Lakes Times WOLCOTT — Joanne Galvin can’t wait to see her creation flying high on a naval ship. The one thing that would make the experience better would be if her husband was alive to see it. “I know Steve would be beside himself with pride over this honor,” Galvin said. […]

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On Avondale-built Somerset, Coast Guard helicopters are the first to land

Two U.S. Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawks were the first helicopters to land on the Somerset's flight deck. (Lt. David Blunier, U.S. Coast Guard)

By Paul Purpura The Times-Picayune Although their vessel won’t officially join the fleet until next month, the sailors aboard the last U.S. Navy warship to be built at the Avondale shipyard didn’t waste any time in preparing for their seafaring missions. Two days after pulling out of the West Jefferson shipyard, en route to Pennsylvania […]

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