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The USS Somerset (LPD-25) plays a critical role in America’s naval superiority across the globe. A San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock, she is well equipped to support amphibious operations in any theater.
The ship is named after the passengers and crew of United Airlines Flight 93, whose actions prevented the plane, hijacked by terrorists, from reaching their intended target during the September 11 attacks of 2001. These heroic few forced the airplane to crash in Stonycreek Township in Somerset County, Pennsylvania. The Navy used 22 tons of steel from a crane near the crash site to construct the bow stem of the USS Somerset, a tribute to and the embodiment of the steely determination of those on the flight and those who battle the nation’s enemies.
Commissioned on 1 March 2014, the USS Somerset has a displacement of approximately 25,000 tons stretches some 684 feet in length, and can carry a fully equipped battalion of approximately 800 Marines. Its amphibious support capabilities make the USS Somerset ideal to support the Navy’s critical mission abroad.
This coin is minted in bronze, finished with an antique patina, and pays tribute to the USS Somerset, saluting the exceptional service of her crew. The obverse contains a scene with a portside view of the USS Somerset cutting through the water with ship’s shield and crest, with the words “LET’S ROLL.” The reverse displays the plane’s flight number, “93,” and 40 stars encircle the coin honoring the 40 brave souls on board.