The ship that will soon join the US Navy as the USS Somerset arrived in Philadelphia on Friday, February 21, 2014. The ship will be commissioned on Saturday, March 1, 2014.
One of three ships named in honor of those killed during the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, USS Somerset honors the crew and passengers of United Flight 93, which went down in Somerset County, PA as they struggled with the terrorists for control of the plane.
22 tons of steel from a crane that stood near the site of the crash are now in the bow of the ship and its flooring came from sugar maple trees grown in Somerset County. Its corridors are named after County streets and landmarks.
Free public tours of the ship will be available from 1:00pm to 4:00pm on a first-come, first-served basis. Bring ID. Security checkpoints will be in place to screen visitors.
Those touring the ship should wear closed-toe footwear. Dresses, high heels and sandals are not allowed. Bear in mind that climbing ladders is part of the tour. Small children may have trouble negotiating ladders and the carrying of children is discouraged for safety reasons.
Tickets to the commissioning are no longer available. Seven thousand people are expected to attend.
USS Somerset tours
February 23-26, 2014, 1:00pm-4:00pm
Market Street at Columbus Boulevard