USS Arlington joins fleet in memory of 9/11

Associated Press

Sailors assigned to the newly commissioned amphibious transport dock USS Arlington (LPD 24) stand by to bring the ship to life during the ship's commissioning ceremony at Naval Station Norfolk. As the third Navy vessel to bear the name, Arlington commemorates the lives lost and the heroism demonstrated the aftermath of 9/11. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Frank J. Pikul/Released)

Sailors assigned to the newly commissioned amphibious transport dock USS Arlington (LPD 24) stand by to bring the ship to life during the ship’s commissioning ceremony at Naval Station Norfolk. As the third Navy vessel to bear the name, Arlington commemorates the lives lost and the heroism demonstrated the aftermath of 9/11. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Frank J. Pikul/Released)

NORFOLK (AP) — A Navy ship named in honor of the victims and first responders of the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon has joined the fleet.The Navy commissioned the USS Arlington at Naval Station Norfolk on Saturday. The Pentagon is in Arlington County, Va., and 184 people died when American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into in on September 11, 2001. The Navy says about 5,000 people attended the ceremony, including some family members of those who died that day.

The amphibious transport dock has 200 pounds of steel from the Pentagon’s wreckage on board the ship. There are also 184 gold stars throughout the ship in honor of the victims.

The Arlington is one of three ships named after 9/11 crash sites. The others are the USS New York and USS Somerset.

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