2016 Visiting Ship - USS Arlington (LPD-24)
USS Arlington (LPD-24), a San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock, is the third ship of the United States Navy to be named for Arlington, Virginia, the location of the Pentagon. Like her sister ships, USS New York and Somerset, she is named in commemoration of the 11 September 2001 attacks. Steel taken from the Pentagon after the 11 September attacks is displayed aboard in the ship's museum
The USS Arlington honors the 184 victims and the thousands of emergency, fire and rescue personnel of Arlington County and localities in the National Capital Region who provided critical emergency assistance after the attack.
“This crew embodies the resilience and determination that Arlington represents,” said Cmdr. Darren Nelson, PCU Arlington’s commanding officer. “Having that constant reminder of knowing what could happen, and how we’re here to help prevent it from ever happening again is something we take very seriously.”