USS SOMERSET LPD 25
The Somerset (LPD 25) is the ninth San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock and the fifth ship of the U.S. Navy to carry the name Somerset. She is named in honor of the courageous passengers and crew of United Airlines Flight 93. Their actions prevented terrorist hijackers from reaching their destination only to have the airplane crash near Shanksville in Somerset County, Pa., Sept. 11, 2001.
The contract to build her was awarded on December 21, 2007, to Northrop Grumman Ship Systems, Avondale Division of New Orleans, Louisiana. Somerset's keel was laid down on December 11, 2009, and was launched on April 14, 2012.
July 28, 2012 The Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Somerset was christened during a 10 a.m. CST ceremony at the Huntington Ingalls Industries shipyard in Avondale, Louisiana. Mrs. Mary Jo Myers, the wife of Gen. Richard Myers, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, served as sponsor of the ship. Cmdr. Stephen C. Hayes is the prospective commanding officer.
August 13, 2013 LPD 25 departed Avondale shipyard for the first time to conduct Builder's (Alpha "A") trials, in the Gulf of Mexico; Returned on Aug. 16; Underway for acceptance trials with the INSURV from Sept. 18-20.
October 18, The U.S. Navy took delivery of PCU Somerset during a ceremony at HII Avondale Shipyard in Avondale, La.
February 7, 2014 The amphibious transport dock ship arrived in Naval Station Mayport, Fla., for some exterior work.
February 21, The Somerset moored at Penn's Landing Pier in Philadelphia, Pa., after an 18-day transit from Avondale, Louisiana.
March 1, USS Somerset was commissioned during an 11 a.m. EST ceremony in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
March 4, The Somerset departed Philadelphia, Pa., en route to San Diego, California; Inport Mayport again from March ?- April ?.
April 21, USS Somerset arrived in its homeport of Naval Base San Diego for the first time.
From September 20-21, the Somerset held an "Open House" at Naval Base San Diego in conjunction with the 17th annual Fleet Week Coronado Speed Festival.
October 7, Capt. Leonard E. Reed relieved Cmdr. Stephen C. Hayes as CO of the USS Somerset during a change-of-command ceremony aboard the ship, while underway off the coast of San Diego.
November 17, LPD 25 commenced a five-month Post Shakedown Availability (PSA) while moored at Pier 6, Naval Base San Diego.
June 16, 2015 USS Somerset departed Berth 5, Pier 4 for a six-day underway to conduct sea trials after an extended seven-month availability.
July 6, The Somerset moored at Deperming Pier on Naval Base Point Loma for magnetic treatment (DEPERM); Moved "dead-stick" to Berth 5, Pier 4 on July 15; Underway for well deck certification and deck landing qualifications on Aug. 10.
August 13, USS Somerset conducted its first ever underway replenishment (UNREP), with the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Henry J. Kaiser (T-AO 187), off the coast of southern California; Moored at Berth 2, Pier 10 on Aug. 21.
August 31, The Somerset departed San Diego for a six-day underway to participate in a multinational amphibious landing exercise Dawn Blitz 2015, off the coast of Camp Pendleton, with the USS Boxer (LHD 4), USS New Orleans (LPD 18) and USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49).
September 17, USS Somerset moored at Berth L, Carrier Wharf on Naval Air Station North Island to participate in San Diego Fleet Week; Held an "Open House" from Sept. 19-20; Moored at Berth 2, Pier 8 on Sept. 21; Underway again on Oct. 2; Anchored in San Francisco Bay for Defense Support of Civil Authorities (DSCA) exercise on Oct. 4.
October 5, USS Somerset moored at Pier 30/32 in San Francisco, Calif., for an eight-day port visit to participate in annual Fleet Week celebration.
October 16, LPD 25 moored at Berth 2, Pier 10 on Naval Base San Diego after a two-week underway period; Underway for routine training and ammo onload at the Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach, Calif., from Oct. 26- Nov. 6; Underway again from Nov. 16-2?.
December 2, USS Somerset departed homeport to participate in amphibious exercise Steel Knight 2016, with the elements of 1st Marine Division, off the coast of Camp Pendleton; Moored at Berth 6, Pier 4 on Dec. 9.
February 10, 2016 The amphibious transport dock ship departed homeport for a routine training in the SOCAL Op. Area; Moored at Berth 1, Pier 6 on Feb. 12.
February 19, The Somerset departed Naval Base San Diego for a 10-day underway to participate in annual exercise Iron Fist, with the elements from 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) and Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF), off the coast of Camp Pendleton and San Clemente Island; Underway for local operations from March 22-2?.
April 1, USS Somerset departed Naval Base San Diego for air and surface warfare certifications off the coast of southern California; Moored at Berth L, NAS North Island in support of the Emergency Preparedness Liaison Officer (EPLO) National Conference on April 4; Moored at Berth 1, Pier 6 on April 7; Underway in support of "Leaders to Sea" program from April 20-22; Underway again on April 28; Moored at Berth 2, Pier 6 on April 29.
June 1, USS Somerset moored at Berth 5, Pier 4 on Naval Base San Diego after a 16-day underway for Career Orientation Training for Midshipmen (CORTRAMID) summer cruise off the coast of southern California; Underway again from June 7-8.
June 9, Capt. Michael A. Crary relieved Capt. Stephen D. McKone as Commander, Amphibious Squadron (COMPHIBRON) 5 during a change-of-command ceremony on board the Somerset at Pier 4.
June 16, USS Somerset moored at Berth 2, Pier 10 after a two-day underway for Group Sail, as part of the USS Makin Island (LHD 8) ARG, off the coast of southern California.
June 30, Capt. Darren W. Glaser relieved Capt. Leonard E. Reed as the 3rd CO of Somerset during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ship at Pier 10.
July 22, USS Somerset moored at Berth 2, Pier 8 on Naval Base San Diego after an 11-day underway for Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 5/Marine Expeditionary Unit Integration Training (PMINT), with the 11th MEU; Underway again from July 26-2? and July 29; Brief stop at Alpha Pier on Naval Station Everett, Wash., to embark guests on Aug. 2.
August 2, The Somerset moored at Pier 90 in Port of Seattle, Wash., for a six-day visit to participate in annual Seafair Fleet Week celebration; Returned home on Aug. 11.
August 12, LPD 25 departed Pier 8, Naval Base San Diego to participate in a Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX); Moored at Berth 1, Pier 12 after conducted degaussing runs off Naval Base Point Loma on Aug. 25; Underway for a Certification Exercise (CERTEX) on Sept. 7.
September 22, The Somerset moored at Bravo Pier, NAS North Island for a brief stop to onload ammo; Returned home on Sept. 23.
October 14, USS Somerset departed San Diego for its maiden deployment to the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet Areas of Responsibility (AoR).