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Va. Delegation Calls for USS Arlington to be Commissioned in Norfolk

by ARLnow.com June 8, 2011 at 1:52 pm 2,730 6 Comments

Rumor has it that the Navy may be thinking of holding the commissioning for the USS Arlington somewhere other than Virginia — and that has the state’s congressional delegation crying foul.

“We have been informed that the Navy is considering commissioning the USS Arlington at several ports outside of the Commonwealth,” the delegation wrote in a letter sent today to Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus. “Given that the ship is named to honor the vital role Virginia played in responding to the attacks of September 11th, we believe it would be a mistake to commission the USS Arlington at any location outside of the Commonwealth of Virginia.”

The bipartisan letter was signed by Sen. Jim Webb, Sen. Mark Warner, Rep. Jim Moran, Rep. Frank Wolf, Rep. Eric Cantor and the rest of the Virginia delegation. Gov. Bob McDonnell has also been lobbying for the commissioning to be held in Norfolk, where the ship will be homeported.

The Arlington, an amphibious transport dock ship, was christened at the Northrop Grumman shipyard in Pascagoula, Miss. in March. The USS New York, another San Antonio-class ship named following the Sept. 11th attacks, was commissioned in New York City in 2009.

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    • bred

      Although the ship likely could not make it up the river, the best place for dedication would be on the Potomac next to the Pentagon.

      • Westover

        The ship should be able to make it up as far as the 14th St. Bridge, just short of the Pentagon. Although I am not sure if its beam will let it through the Wilson Bridge draw section.

  • novanglus

    If its home port will be Norfolk anyway, why not wait until it gets there to hold the commissioning ceremony?

    • ArlForester

      They didn’t want it to go around floating without a name and risk it being made fun of by the other ships.

  • Computer Repair Long Stratton, Norfolk

    Thank you for an intresting read

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