NORFOLK - The newest Navy ship to call Norfolk home arrived Friday.
The amphibious transport dockArlington (LPD 24) waswelcomed by more than 30 Arlington County and Pentagon first responders who were among the first to get to the Pentagon after the attack on 9-11.
'The first responders have been tremendously supportive throughout the last two years' said the ship's Commanding Officer, Cmdr. Darren Nelson. 'To be able to present to them their ship is going to be an awesome occasion. For many Sailors, this will be a very emotional event.'
Arlington is the second of three ships named in remembrance of 9-11. The first, USS New York (LPD 21), was commissioned in her namesake in November, 2009, and completed a nine-month deployment last December. Precommissioning Unit Somerset (LPD 25), which honors the passengers of United Airlines Flight 93 who were killed when the plane crashed in Somerset County, Penn., is under construction in New Orleans' Avondale shipyard.
The Pascagoula-built ship will have a crew of 400 Sailors and Marines and will be commissioned April 6.
'This homecoming's going to be so special to us,' said Command Ombudsman Marcia Hovey, 'knowing all the hours of work and training, and the months and years of separation all of our Sailors and Marines have put into making her the best ship she can be.'