THE SHIP & COMPANY
LENGTH: 684 feet
BEAM: 105 feet
DISPLACEMENT:Approximately 24,900 tons full load
SPEED: In excess of 22 knots (24.2 mph)
CREW: 396 Sailors (42 officers, 354 enlisted) and 3 Marines
USS Somerset (LPD-25), a San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock, is the fifth ship of the United States Navy of that name; in this case in honor of Somerset County, Pennsylvania. These ships combine 21st century amphibious shipbuilding and warfighting technologies to support current and future Marine Corps aircraft and landing craft, and are capable of taking nearly 1,200 Sailors and Marines into harm’s way.
It provides the Navy and Marine Corps the ability to embark, transport and land elements of a Marine Expeditionary Unit and Brigade. Designed to operate independently or as part of Amphibious Readiness Groups (ARGs), Expeditionary Strike Groups (ESGs) or Joint Task Forces (JTFs).