– This morning Rep. Stephen Barrar (R-Chester/Delaware), chairman of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee (VAEP), joined House Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) and other members of the VAEP committee in welcoming U.S. Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer and Dr. Peter Navarro, assistant to the president and director of the Office of Trade and Manufacturing Policy, to the state Capitol.
Spencer and Navarro were in Harrisburg to announce the naming of the U.S. Navy’s newest warship – the USS Harrisburg.
The ship is an amphibious transport dock ship, a modern version of those that landed on the beaches of Normandy in World War II. According to the U.S. Navy, the ships transport and land Marines, their equipment and supplies; and support amphibious assault, special operations or expeditionary warfare missions; and serve as launch sites for helicopters and other vertical mobility aircraft.
“It is a great honor to have a U.S. Navy ship named after our capital city,” said Barrar, a Navy veteran from a family of sailors, who once served on a similar-style ship. Barrar added that his son-in-law is a fighter pilot currently serving aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln in the Persian Gulf.
Before today’s public announcement, Secretary Spencer was presented with a Pennsylvania flag that previously flew over the Pennsylvania Capitol. “I told the secretary that it is our sincere hope that this flag will be displayed aboard the USS Harrisburg when she is put to sea,” said Barrar.
The USS Harrisburg will be part of the growing U.S. Navy “Gator Fleet,” named for the amphibious or land and water nature of alligators. The ship will provide wartime access to enemy shorelines during amphibious assaults.
To see Barrar’s remarks at today’s announcement, click here
Representative Stephen E. Barrar
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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