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.
A man drove through a police barricade near the San Diego Pride festival, led officers on a chase down multiple San Diego freeways and ultimately crashed -- but was able to escape capture, police said Sunday.
If WeWork employees want a burger while on business, the money is coming out of their own pockets. The global workplace startup told employees this week that the company will ban employees from expensing meals that contain red meat, pork or poultry, Bloomberg reported.
Air is a little more dry Saturday than Friday with temperatures continuing to climb slowly through Saturday. Thunderstorms may be possible early next week as moisture rebuilds.
The binational economic zone spanning San Diego and Imperial counties as well as Baja California produced $24.3 billion in foreign exports the last year data was available, according to a newly released study.
Federal agents served search warrants Friday in Kearny Mesa and other San Diego-area communities and took about a half-dozen people into custody as part of an ongoing narcotics investigation.
Residents in Golden Hill on Friday said a couple is hoarding cats and they are fed up with how the felines are being treated.