The USS Arlington will be commissioned at the Norfolk Naval Base in Virginia.
Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus told Rep. James P. Moran Jr. (D-Va.) Tuesday of his decision in a phone call. The announcement was made after all 13 members in the Virginia Congressional delegation sent a letter last week saying they were concerned that the vessel would be placed on active service outside of Virginia.
“Commissioning the ship in Virginia is the appropriate way to honor the bravery and sacrifice of the thousands of local police officers, fire fighters, Pentagon employees, emergency first responders and all who lost their lives on September 11, 2001,” the delegation said in a statement. “We look forward to the ceremony honoring the commissioning of this world-class vessel.”
The USS Arlington is an amphibious transport dock. It is one of three ships named to pay tribute to the civilians and service members at locations attacked on Sept. 11, 2001. Several Arlington County officials, including Fire Chief James Schwartz, attended the ship’s christening in Mississippi in March.
The commissioning is scheduled for 2012.