USS Arlington Christening To Be Broadcast Live

by ARLnow.com March 24, 2011 at 10:09 am 3,030 14 Comments

The christening of the USS Arlington will be broadcast live on the county’s cable channel on Saturday.

The amphibious transport dock ship, named in honor of the heroes and victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 attack on the Pentagon, will be christened at the Northrop Grumman shipyard in Pascagoula, Miss.

Arlington County Fire Chief James Schwartz, who was incident commander at the Pentagon on Sept. 11, will deliver the keynote address at the christening. Former County Manager Ron Carlee, current County Manager Barbara Donnellan and several Arlington County Police officers who were first responders on 9/11 will also be in attendance.

“No County taxpayer money will be used to pay travel expenses,” the county noted in a press release.

The proceedings will be broadcast live, starting Saturday at 10:00 a.m., on the county-run Arlington Virginia Network, which is available on Comcast channel 25 or Verizon FiOS channel 40. A webcast of the christening will also be available.

Ship sponsor Joyce Rumsfeld, wife of former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, will christen the ship. See more information about the ship here.

Photo courtesy Northrop Grumman

  • steve

    Wouldn’t it be a bit more fitting, then again, maybe not with all the antiwar liberals in Arlington, that we don’t get a DOCK SHIP named after us?

    Some cities get SSNs named after them, in the past they would name cruisers after cities (I realize arlington is a county, but we treat it like a city), and we get a DOCK SHIP?

    • To those who will use it, namely the embarked Marine battalion, USS Arlington is more appropriately call and amphibious assault ship. This “gator freighter” is a ship of war of the most personal type. No shooting missiles from over the horizon for Arlington. It, and its sisters New York and Sommerset, are going to land the Marines who will ruin your whole day.

      Fair winds, Arlington.

  • Good time

    That is awesome!!!!

  • TuesdaysChild

    Seems odd that the Chairman could not go. Even if taxpayers had to pay his travel expenses, it would seem appropriate for him to be there. Proud event for county, and important honor to the victims/heros of 9-11. I realize that there may be very legitimate reasons for him not to go, schedules and all. Just seems odd.

    • Arlwhenever

      Chris Zimmerman threated to stop providing fire and rescue service to the Pentagon in October 2001, when the event the christening is meant to commemorate was fresh and raw. Zimmerman’s oh so typical egotistical pique of disrespect is plenty of reason for him not to go. Don’t change your schedule Chris, stay away.

      • Arlington, Northside

        Zimmerman really needs to go!

  • Overgrown Bush

    Cool stacks on that ship.

  • Andrew

    Dock ship or not, she looks like a fine vessel who will serve her crew and country well. I, for one, am proud to have any ship in the fleet — the finest in the world — named after Arlington!

  • very proud indeed. Would love to take a tour. Maybe they can come up the Potomac so we can check it out 🙂

    • Andrew

      That would be cool!

  • Lurkdom

    Yes. Considering all of the Arlingtonians who are either serving overseas or have loved ones, friends, neighbors serving overseans, I, too, am proud to see her sail. All jokes about Whole Foods, Brown Flip Flops and our seemingly endless hearings and meetings, the U.S.S. Arlington will represent our nation well. After all, if it weren’t ships like her manned by sailors and Marines who are willing to protect US, we probably wouldn’t be able to have endless hearings about Whole Foods, while wearing brown flip flops. Just sayin’…

    • Good time


  • Arlington, Northside

    Semper Fi!!!

  • Best of luck to the USS Arlington! I expect the next ship to be the USS Rosslyn-Ballston Corridor.


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