New Northrop Grumman ship pays tribute to 9/11 Victims

Pascagoula, MS (WLOX) - "9/11 is not far from our thoughts."

Seven years ago Herb and Betsy Wolk lost their son-in-law when America was violently attacked. Everyday without him is another memory lost; so the Wolks want everyone to remember that dreadful day.

"My husband spent a lot of time writing letters to get a ship named after the people who died in the Pentagon," Betsy Wolk said.

The Arlington is a billion dollar state of the art Navy vessels will stand as a reminder of their loved one and the others who died at the Pentagon on 9/11. The Wolks, joined hundreds of military officials and shipbuilders at Northrop Grumman's Pascagoula Shipyard to lay the keel for the Arlington.

"This keel is reminder to you and the world that freedom is still alive well in America," a Military Official said.

"The Arlington LPD 24 is one of three ships we are building in honor of he heroes and victims of 9/11; flight 77 struck the Pentagon taking the lives of 184 people," Northrop Grumman Vice President  Irwin Endenzon said.

The Arlington is  number eight of nine Amphibious Assault ships ordered by the Navy. Irwin Edenzon is the Vice President of Northrop Grumman. Edenzon says the  mega ship will be fully loaded with  technology, speed, and strength to protect every corner of the globe .

"The ship is going to transport marines around the world and be operated by the Navy. Arlington will ensure we are prepared for war, but will also help us maintain peace."

During the ceremony, the Wolks  dedicated this stained glass seal to Navy officials  to thank them for building the Arlington Ship. Inside the seal there is an eagle, an American flag, and the 9/11 date to pay tribute to the victims.