Scuttlebutt 6/13

A Navy ship named in honor of the victims and first responders of the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon recently joined the fleet, serving as a floating tribute to the people who died that day. The active warship can transport Marines around the world.

The Navy commissioned the USS Arlington in front of about 5,000 people in its new home port of Naval Station Norfolk in Virginia. The amphibious transport dock is one of three ships named after 9/11 crash sites.

Approximately 200 pounds of steel salvaged from the Pentagon’s wreckage was forged into a pentagon to be put on a permanent display aboard the ship in a memorial room and smaller pieces of the Pentagon sit on the commanding officer’s desk. The ship also has 184 gold stars throughout its passageways in honor of those who died when American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001.

The USS Arlington is now the Navy’s 283rd warship. It is capable of carrying a landing force of up to 800 Marines, as well as amphibious assault vehicles and aircraft.

The other amphibious transport docks named after 9/11 attack sites are the USS New York and the USS Somerset. The USS New York was built with steel from the World Trade Center and recently completed its first deployment. The USS Somerset is named for the Pennsylvania county where United Airlines Flight 93 crashed.