The Washington Post

Lawmakers want ship named for Arlington commissioned in Va.

Members of Virginia’s congressional delegation wrote to the Pentagon Wednesday to express their fears that the new ship USS Arlington will be commissioned in another state, even though it is named to honor a place in Virginia.

The Arlington — an amphibious transport dock — gets its name from the location of the Pentagon. It is one of three ships named to pay tribute to places that were attacked on Sept. 11, 2001, along with the USS New York and the USS Somerset (Pa.). The Arlington has been christened — Arlington County Fire Chief James Schwartz spoke at the christening ceremony -- but not yet commissioned, or placed into active service.

The Navy has not announced where that will take place. But to Virginia’s members of Congress, it’s obvious the Arlington should be commissioned in Norfolk.

“Unfortunately, we have been informed that the Navy is considering commissioning the USS Arlington at several ports outside of the Commonwealth,” all 13 of the state’s House and Senate members wrote in a letter to the Navy Secretary.

“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. This would be consistent with the way the Pentagon has handled this unique class of ships, which included the commissioning of the USS New York in New York City.”

The lawmakers asked the Pentagon for “a timely response” to their request.


Success! Check your inbox for details. You might also like:

Please enter a valid email address

See all newsletters

Show Comments
Most Read


Success! Check your inbox for details.

See all newsletters

Your Three. Videos curated for you.
Play Videos
From clubfoot to climbing: Double amputee lives life of adventure
Learn to make traditional soup dumplings
Deaf banjo player teaches thousands
Play Videos
Unconventional warfare with a side of ale
The rise and fall of baseball cards
How to keep your child safe in the water
Play Videos
'Did you fall from heaven?': D.C.'s pick-up lines
5 ways to raise girls to be leaders
How much can one woman eat?
Play Videos
How to get organized for back to school
How to buy a car via e-mail
The signature drink of New Orleans