USS Somerset Commissioned At Philadelphia

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COMMISSIONING of USS Somerset last weekend at Penn’s Landing revealed this is women’s Navy, with members supporting various ranks. These sailors posed beside ice sculpture of ship’s crest from Monica Santoro. Photo by Joe Shay Stivala

COMMISSIONING of USS Somerset last weekend at Penn’s Landing revealed this is women’s Navy, with members supporting various ranks. These sailors posed beside ice sculpture of ship’s crest from Monica Santoro. Photo by Joe Shay Stivala

MONICA SANTORO, Penn’s Landing ship coordinator, and Bill Moran, river-security expert, congratulate Navy food-service specialist for fine reception, despite cold-weather conditions. Photo by Joe Shay Stivala

MONICA SANTORO, Penn’s Landing ship coordinator, and Bill Moran, river-security expert, congratulate Navy food-service specialist for fine reception, despite cold-weather conditions. Photo by Joe Shay Stivala

GARRETT SMITH, VP of NBCUniversal, displays special cigar with Somerset Crest to Commanding Officer Capt. Thomas Dearborn, USN. Photo by Joe Shay Stivala

GARRETT SMITH, VP of NBCUniversal, displays special cigar with Somerset Crest to Commanding Officer Capt. Thomas Dearborn, USN. Photo by Joe Shay Stivala

“MAN THIS SHIP and bring her to life” was command given by ship’s sponsor to populate ship and bring all systems on line. Sailors aboard newly commissioned ship become known as “plank-owners”. Photo by Joe Shay Stivala

“MAN THIS SHIP and bring her to life” was command given by ship’s sponsor to populate ship and bring all systems on line. Sailors aboard newly commissioned ship become known as “plank-owners”. Photo by Joe Shay Stivala

LARGEST winter crowds ever at Penn’s Landing surged aboard for tours of massive USS Somerset. Part of ship’s mast was removed to clear Walt Whitman Bridge. Photo by Joe Shay Stivala

LARGEST winter crowds ever at Penn’s Landing surged aboard for tours of massive USS Somerset. Part of ship’s mast was removed to clear Walt Whitman Bridge. Photo by Joe Shay Stivala

GEN. JAMES F. AMOS, Marine Corps Commandant, addressed crowd.

GEN. JAMES F. AMOS, Marine Corps Commandant, addressed crowd.

MRS. MARY JO MYERS was Ship Sponsor.

MRS. MARY JO MYERS was Ship Sponsor.

LT. GOV. JIM CAWLEY with WW II Army Veteran Howard Turner, who was there as one of honored guests.

LT. GOV. JIM CAWLEY with WW II Army Veteran Howard Turner, who was there as one of honored guests.

NEWLY COMMISSIONED USS Somerset can take 1,000 US Marines aboard for humanitarian aid, or to a world trouble spot. Marines stand at attention ready for order to board the ship. Photo by John J. Kline

NEWLY COMMISSIONED USS Somerset can take 1,000 US Marines aboard for humanitarian aid, or to a world trouble spot. Marines stand at attention ready for order to board the ship. Photo by John J. Kline

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