SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The Navy's latest amphibious transport dock, which will be homeported in San Diego, was commissioned Saturday in a ceremony in Philadelphia, officials said.
USS Somerset was named in honor of the 40 crewmembers and passengers on United Flight 93, who attempted to regain control of the plane after it was hijacked on 9/11. The plane crashed into a field near Shanksville in Somerset County, Penn., killing the 33 passengers, seven crewmembers and the four hijackers.
"We are here today to not only honor and pay tribute to the heroes of United Flight 93, but also to celebrate the commissioning of this great ship USS Somerset. Somerset will leave a legacy that will never be forgotten by those wishing to do harm to this country," Commanding Officer Capt. Thomas L. Dearborn said. "A ship is but a steel vessel, it is the crew that brings the ship to life. USS Somerset is truly a fine warship and the crew that mans her is second to none."
The commissioning capped off a weeklong celebration honoring the ship, its crew and the legacy of Flight 93's passengers and crew, Navy officials said.
Gen. James F. Amos, commandant of the Marine Corps, gave the principal address, officials said.
"When this ship sails the world's oceans, she will carry the spirit and determination and the fighting spirit that has always defined America," Amos said.
The San Diego Police Department has launched an internal investigation into a program intended to reward officers for making drug arrests.
Police were involved a pursuit late Saturday that ended with a deadly officer-involved shooting in Escondido.
Two people died early Sunday morning after a high-speed chase ended in a head-on crash in North County.
A man was shot and killed by police at an officer- involved shooting in Escondido, a sheriff's lieutenant said Sunday.
An approaching winter storm is poised to open an "atmospheric river" of subtropical rain clouds on Southern California this week, but the San Diego area is expected to see just a fraction of that moisture, forecasters said Sunday.
A man threw rocks at vehicles on Interstate 5 near Imperial Beach Sunday, and threatened police with a pickaxe as he ran into a riverbed.
San Diego Sen. Toni Atkins will make history Wednesday when she becomes the first woman and first lesbian to hold the California Senate's top job.
A 16-year-old boy was allegedly drunk when he crashed his car into a stopped vehicle, pinning a motorist between two bumpers, police said Sunday.
A 27-year-old man suffered fatal injuries as the result of a "punching game'' inside of a bar Saturday morning in the Gaslamp
neighborhood of San Diego.
A large plume of smoke filled the sky in Miramar on Saturday morning after a concrete supply building went up in flames.