ADVISORY, Dec. 7, 2009 --
What: Keel Authentication ceremony for the Northrop Grumman-built amphibious transport dock ship Somerset (LPD 25) at the company's Avondale, La., facility. Somerset is named in honor of the heroes lost on Sept. 11, 2001 on United Airlines Flight 93. The actions of these 40 passengers and crew saved countless lives and inspired our nation. When: Friday, Dec. 11, 2009, 10 a.m. Arrive no later than 9:30 a.m. Media representatives will be escorted to the keel-laying site. Where: Northrop Grumman Avondale Administration Bldg. (Rock House) 5100 River Road Avondale, La. (70094) Special Guests: * Mary Jo Myers, ship's sponsor for Somerset (LPD 25) * Gordon Felt, president of the Families of Flight 93 * John Vatavuk, County Commissioner, Somerset County, Pa. * U.S. Navy Rear Adm. William E. Landay, III, program executive officer, ships * U.S. Air Force (Ret.) Gen. Richard B. Myers, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff * Irwin F. Edenzon, vice president and general manager, Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding - Gulf Coast * Northrop Grumman shipbuilders will participate in ceremony RSVP: Media representatives must RSVP by noon, Thursday, Dec. 10 to: Ed Winter, Communications Site Manager Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding - Gulf Coast, Avondale Facility (504) 654-5253/ (504) 908-4364 Ed.firstname.lastname@example.org
Background: LPD 25 - The Navy's newest amphibious transport dock ship bears the name Somerset. LPD 25 is the ninth LPD ship in the series being built by Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding on the Gulf Coast. The 684-foot-long, 105-foot-wide amphibious ships are used to transport and land Marines, their equipment and supplies, by embarked air cushion or conventional landing craft and Expeditionary Fighting Vehicles (amphibious assault vehicles), augmented by helicopters or vertical take-off and landing aircraft such as the Osprey. The ships will support amphibious assault, special operations, or expeditionary warfare missions throughout the first half of the 21st century. Somerset is currently under construction at Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding in Avondale, La., and is expected to be delivered to the U. S. Navy in 2012.