NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Navy plans a Saturday christening for the USS Somerset, the last of three ships named for sites of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
The amphibious landing transport is named for the Pennsylvania county where the hijacked United Airlines Flight 93 crashed after passengers fought back against a terrorist takeover.
The 684-foot-long Somerset is the final ship to be built at the Huntington Ingalls Shipyard in suburban Avondale.
The yard is scheduled to close in 2013; its workforce has been cut nearly in half since 2010. Family members of Flight 93 passengers will attend the christening on Saturday morning.