USS Somerset Commissioned At Philadelphia
COMMISSIONING of USS Somerset last weekend at Pennâ€™s Landing revealed this is womenâ€™s Navy, with members supporting various ranks. These sailors posed beside ice sculpture of shipâ€™s crest from Monica Santoro. Photo by Joe Shay Stivala
MONICA SANTORO, Pennâ€™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
â€œMAN THIS SHIP and bring her to lifeâ€ was command given by shipâ€™s sponsor to populate ship and bring all systems on line. Sailors aboard newly commissioned ship become known as â€œplank-ownersâ€. Photo by Joe Shay Stivala
LARGEST winter crowds ever at Pennâ€™s Landing surged aboard for tours of massive USS Somerset. Part of shipâ€™s mast was removed to clear Walt Whitman Bridge. Photo by Joe Shay Stivala
GEN. JAMES F. AMOS, Marine Corps Commandant, addressed crowd.
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.
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