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Navy christens USS Somerset, last of 3 ships named in honor of 9/11 terrorist attack sites
Washington Post/Associated Press ^ | 28 July 2012 | Staff

Posted on 07/28/2012 7:24:10 PM PDT by moonshot925

AVONDALE, La. — The USS Somerset — the last of three Navy ships named for 9/11 attack sites — was christened Saturday in honor of the passengers and crew of the plane that crashed before terrorists could reach their intended target.

Passengers of United Airlines Flight 93 stormed the cockpit and thwarted an attack on Washington, but the plane crashed in Somerset County, Pa., killing all 40 passengers and crew members.

“The men and women of Flight 93 ... thought they were going to San Francisco to work, to play, to learn; to live their lives in peace while others guarded them,” said Navy Rear Adm. David Lewis. “Instead they found themselves in a war, on the front lines, in the opening battle. It was a new kind of war, one with new rules, maybe no rules at all. They had no preparation, no training, no guidance.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: 911; flight93; lpd25; navy; somerset; usssomerset

1 posted on 07/28/2012 7:24:30 PM PDT by moonshot925
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To: moonshot925

Makes more sense than the USS Hugo Chavez.


2 posted on 07/28/2012 7:32:45 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: moonshot925

“Instead they found themselves in a war,.....They had no preparation, no training, no guidance.”

It wasn’t their job.

The truest heroes of the atrocity in the purest sense of the word.


3 posted on 07/28/2012 7:33:04 PM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: moonshot925

Makes more sense than the USS Hugo Chavez.

Good looking ship.


4 posted on 07/28/2012 7:33:18 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: moonshot925

Too bad there’s one named after Murtha.


5 posted on 07/28/2012 7:35:14 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: moonshot925

Cool.

The Somerset is one of three amphibious landing docks named after the sites where planes taken over by terrorists crashed, killing nearly 3,000 people.

Its bow stem — the first part of the ship to push through the water — was made from 7.5 tons of steel melted down from the bucket of a huge coal-mining crane that stood near the crash site. It was there that miners hung a large American flag to serve as a landmark and to honor the dead.


6 posted on 07/28/2012 7:36:02 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: moonshot925

I thought they were going to call it the
USS Shanksville for the town nearby.

Oh well.


7 posted on 07/28/2012 7:36:12 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: mylife
I use to like hanging on the rails and watching the ocean on my FFG. This is something short of being in a submarine. Nice ship and looks quick.
8 posted on 07/28/2012 7:36:50 PM PDT by cameraeye (A happy kaffir!)
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To: moonshot925

Is the ship armed in any way? I can’t see anything which obviously is a gun or even missile launcher.


9 posted on 07/28/2012 7:37:38 PM PDT by yarddog
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To: moonshot925

My only complaint is she needs some guns.


10 posted on 07/28/2012 7:39:18 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: moonshot925

“Let’s ROLL”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


11 posted on 07/28/2012 7:39:23 PM PDT by bandleader
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To: cameraeye
I don't know how you guys can ride those tin cans ☺
12 posted on 07/28/2012 7:42:34 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: yarddog

I see a missile launcher on the bow.


13 posted on 07/28/2012 7:44:30 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: yarddog

Armament: Two 30 mm Bushmaster II cannons, for surface threat defense;
two Rolling Airframe Missile launchers for air defense


14 posted on 07/28/2012 7:46:07 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: moonshot925

This is wonderful news!

Sadly, however, this class of ship will always bear the ignoble distinction of having one it’s own named after the excretable John Murtha.

http://www.nomurthaship.com/


15 posted on 07/28/2012 7:48:17 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: yarddog; mylife

It has two 21-cell Rolling Airframe Missile launchers and two Mk44 Bushmaster II cannons.


16 posted on 07/28/2012 7:49:14 PM PDT by moonshot925
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To: yarddog

The dome under the flag must be a bushmaster canon.


17 posted on 07/28/2012 7:50:05 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: moonshot925

Thanks for that.


18 posted on 07/28/2012 7:51:11 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife

I noticed a box in the front or bow but wasn’t sure what was in it.

It seems at the very least there should be one of those small caliber rapid firing cannons in front. Also 50 caliber machine guns at the four corners of the superstructure.

I could just see Iranian power boats approaching and the only thing they have is missiles intended to sink large ships.


19 posted on 07/28/2012 7:51:11 PM PDT by yarddog
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To: yarddog

Ok, I just can’t see the cannons.


20 posted on 07/28/2012 7:53:25 PM PDT by yarddog
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To: mylife; yarddog

Ships Weapons:

2 - Mk 31 Mod 1 RAM Guided Missile Weapon System
2 - Mk 46 Mod 1 30mm Gun (Ship version of Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle Gun)
4 - MK 26 Mod 17 .50 Cal Machine Guns

http://www.fas.org/programs/ssp/man/uswpns/navy/amphibious/lpd17.html


21 posted on 07/28/2012 7:54:34 PM PDT by moonshot925
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To: yarddog
Armament: Two MK 46 Mod 2 guns, fore and aft; two Rolling Airframe Missile launchers, fore and aft: nine .50 calibre machine guns.

Aircraft: Launch or land two CH53E Super Stallion helicopters or two MV-22 Osprey tilt rotor aircraft or up to four CH-46 Sea Knight helicopters, AH-1 or UH-1 helicopters.

Landing/Attack Craft: Two LCACs or one LCU; and 14 Expeditionary Fighting Vehicles/Amphibious Assault Vehicles


22 posted on 07/28/2012 7:54:34 PM PDT by Thrownatbirth (.....Iraq Invasion fan since '91.)
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To: yarddog

I think the 30 mm canons should take care of Imadinnerjackets boats


23 posted on 07/28/2012 7:54:54 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: moonshot925
I know its the same class of ship, but the LPD-17 is the San Antonio.

Must be a file photo.

This is the basic armament for an LPD.

2 - Mk 31 Mod 1 RAM Guided Missile Weapon System
2 - Mk 46 Mod 1 30mm Gun (Ship version of Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle Gun)
4 - MK 26 Mod 17 .50 Cal Machine Guns

Consider also that these guys are usually hanging around with a carrier battle group and all the associated bells and whistles.

24 posted on 07/28/2012 7:56:07 PM PDT by Delta 21 (Oh Crap !! Did I say that out loud ??!??)
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To: moonshot925

Now we’re talking!

4 50 bmg mouse guns!


25 posted on 07/28/2012 7:57:40 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife

I would think the .50 caliber machine guns could do that job.


26 posted on 07/28/2012 7:58:28 PM PDT by yarddog
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To: Delta 21
USS Somerset LPD-25.


27 posted on 07/28/2012 7:58:28 PM PDT by Delta 21 (Oh Crap !! Did I say that out loud ??!??)
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To: Delta 21

There would also be all the small arms in the armory.


28 posted on 07/28/2012 7:58:37 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Paladin2; mylife; moonshot925
Too bad there’s one named after Murtha.

Yep.


29 posted on 07/28/2012 7:59:34 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: Delta 21
Yes, I know, that was a picture of San Antonio.

Here is a picture of Somerset.


30 posted on 07/28/2012 7:59:34 PM PDT by moonshot925
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To: yarddog

you bet!


31 posted on 07/28/2012 8:00:03 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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32 posted on 07/28/2012 8:01:36 PM PDT by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: smoothsailing

That **** is just plain wrong. :(


33 posted on 07/28/2012 8:02:44 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: smoothsailing; mylife

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JWkqVVAETCM


34 posted on 07/28/2012 8:05:19 PM PDT by moonshot925
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To: moonshot925

I drive through his old district every time I visit my childhood home.

I always saluted ol john with one finger when I drove through


35 posted on 07/28/2012 8:07:48 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife

What defenses does she have? I don’t see much. One RFM battery and two CWIS.
We better fit something else there pretty damn quick.


36 posted on 07/28/2012 8:12:46 PM PDT by STD ([You must help] people in theĀ…feel so frustrated, so defeated, so lost, so futureless)
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To: moonshot925; mylife
I live about 70 miles west of Shanksville

More videos

37 posted on 07/28/2012 8:15:13 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: STD

Interesting to note...HMS Somerset was the British ship of the line that Paul Revere had to row past in order to spread the alarm to Lexington and Concord. No connection, obviously...but there it is.


38 posted on 07/28/2012 8:17:50 PM PDT by PrkChps
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To: STD

They seem to have it covered.


39 posted on 07/28/2012 8:23:15 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: moonshot925

Nice to see ‘’Ma Deuce’’ is still going strong. There are legions of dirt bags from Nazis to jihadis taking a permanent dirt nap courtesy of the M2 .05 Browning Heavy Caliber Machine. Long may she shoot, straight and true.


40 posted on 07/28/2012 8:25:37 PM PDT by jmacusa (Political correctness is cultural Marxism. I'm not a Marxist.)
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120714-N-NN926-104 ARABIAN SEA (July 14, 2012) An MV-22 Osprey aircraft, assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 261 (Reinforced), is on the flight deck aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS New York (LPD 21). New York and the embarked 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (24th MEU) are part of the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group deployed supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Zane Ecklund/Released)

41 posted on 07/28/2012 8:54:35 PM PDT by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro is a Kenyan communist)
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To: mylife

With over 1000 enlisted on board, that would be considerable!


42 posted on 07/28/2012 8:55:31 PM PDT by Delta 21 (Oh Crap !! Did I say that out loud ??!??)
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To: STD

She will always have destroyer escort. Her defensive armament is meant to be a last line of defense. Her main purpose is to put 700-800 Marines and all their gear ashore and support their landing with her aircraft.


43 posted on 07/28/2012 9:00:47 PM PDT by MtBaldy (If Obama is the answer, it must have been a really stupid question)
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To: moonshot925

Is this one of the LCS ships that everyone is saying are overpriced, under-weaponized, can’t get the bare-bones systems it has to work right, can’t take much fire before becoming disabled?


44 posted on 07/28/2012 9:29:06 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: mylife

One jams or overheats and the 50 caliber firepower just shrank 25%. I’d want 200% redundancy, at least, for each major weapon on there.


45 posted on 07/28/2012 9:32:24 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: Secret Agent Man

Yes. There have been cost overruns, delays, engine problems and oil leaks which give the San Antonio class a bad reputation. But there have been repairs and the problems are being fixed.

Also, the ships have room (maybe in a future upgrade) for two 8-cell Mark 41 VLS with 64 ESSMs. That would be more firepower than on most frigates.

The San Antonio class will be able to carry 700 troops and is the most survivable amphibious warship ever built.


46 posted on 07/28/2012 9:53:01 PM PDT by moonshot925
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To: moonshot925
Couple of years back, we were able to tour the USS New York, whose bow was made with steel from the Twin Towers. Awesome ship. Parked next to the Intrepid, she was similar in size. The Marines embarked we very proud of their new home allowed us to see, touch and handle lots of gear. I believe they said that, in a pinch, the ship could house 1,200 Marines and associated gear. Stealthy superstructure, too; Only a few right angles.

All in all, a great way to celebrate my birthday.

47 posted on 07/29/2012 5:51:46 AM PDT by Dilbert56 (Harry Reid, D-Nev.: "We're going to pick up Senate seats as a result of this war.")
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To: Secret Agent Man

LCS does not equal LPD


48 posted on 07/29/2012 7:33:38 AM PDT by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro is a Kenyan communist)
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To: A.A. Cunningham

Thanks, I didn’t see them discuss what class (lcs, lpd) in the snippet I read.


49 posted on 07/29/2012 9:47:18 AM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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