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Navy Ship Arlington Built in Pascagoula Honors Victims of 9/11 Pentagon Attack

By Rhonda Miller | Published 27 Mar 2011 04:17pm | comments
Joyce Rumsfeld, wife of former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, prepares to christen the Navy ship Arlington at Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding in Pascagoula.

The Navy ship Arlington built at Northrop Grumman in Pascagoula has versatility that makes it a vital part of 21st Century military operations. The ship was christened March 26 and is named in honor of the victims of the September 11th terrorist attack on the Pentagon in Arlington County, Virginia.

"It is a good and noble thing to commemorate the sacrifices of those men and women who gave their full measure on that tragic day Sept. 11, 2001," Marine Corps Major General James Kessler said at the christening.

With the 680-foot-long Arlington decked out in red, white and blue, Kessler said the ship also honors those who risked their lives when American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon.

"...and it is right to memorialize the courage of Arlington County’s first responders, heroes who stared back in the face of danger that fateful day and resolutely went about doing their jobs," Kessler said.

He said the ship will have an important role in defending freedom.

"Soon this same courage will deploy forward aboard the USS Arlington across the high seas to the shores of enemies who might plot against us. And to the shores of friends who are in need of our help," he said.

The ship’s captain, Navy Commander Darren Nelson, said the Arlington can carry 1,100 Marines and sailors.

"This ship is a troop transport and will carry all kinds of Marine vehicles - tanks, landing craft and helicopters. So we can take the ship up close to a hostile beach and send Marines out, similar to what we did in WWII at Normandy," Nelson said.

The Arlington is one of three amphibious ships built by Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding - Gulf Coast to honor the victims of the September 11th terrorist attacks. 

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Joyce Rumsfeld, wife of former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, prepares to christen the Navy ship Arlington at Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding in Pascagoula.


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