NORFOLK, Va. (WUSA9) -- It was a homecoming for the soon to be commissioned USS Arlingon named in honor of our first responders and the victims who died in the plane and on the ground at the Pentagon.
Two forces came by sea and by land to meet on a Navy pier. The incredible military might, the Pre-commissioning Unit Arlington pulled into homeport Friday afternoon to a hero's welcome.
Fire Chief Jim Schwartz was the incident commander on September 11, 2001. "I'm so proud and to have a namesake ship."
First responders gave a ceremonial salute.
Captain Kevin Reardon said, "it honors our first responders and recognizes everyone in the Capital Region on that day."
Pentagon Police Chief Richard Keevill saw the horrific acts that day, when American Airlines flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon.
"Everyone witnessed the horror and to have something positive come out of it, to recognize those who lost their lives," he said.
Arlington is the second of three ships named in remembrance of 9-11. The USS New York, and Somerset are the others. The USS Arlington, it's namesake honors Arlington County, first responders, heroes and the 184 people who died at the Pentagon.
400 sailors and marines have worked tirelessly on the 684 foot amphibious transport dock to make sure she is the best ship she can be.
Arlington will be commissioned in two weeks. It's capable of taking nearly 1,200 sailors and marines into harm's way and making Arlington County and America proud.
Capt. Gregg Karl, Arlington Fire said, "I'm proud to serve, proud to be a first responder and proud to be an American."