The USS Somerset will be commissioned in Philadelphia.
Somerset County Commissioner John Vatavuk received an email Wednesday night from the ship's commander, Capt. Tom Dearborn, confirming the Navy's decision.
"Somerset is an important ship for the Navy and our nation and commissioning her in the Port of Philadelphia will make the event even more meaningful," Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said in the correspondence. "Once I learned it was possible to commission Somerset in Philadelphia, it was the obvious choice for me to make."
On Tuesday the state House unanimously passed a resolution written by Rep. Carl Walker Metzgar calling for the ceremony to take place in Philadelphia. Other Pennsylvania legislators, including U.S. Sens. Pat Toomey and Bob Casey and Reps. Bill Shuster and Keith Rothfus, have called for a local ceremony.
Vatavuk said the ceremony, which places the ship into active service, is tentatively scheduled for January at Penn's Landing.
"That may change depending on how fast construction takes place," he said.
The ship honors the passengers and crew of Flight 93, which crashed in Somerset County on Sept. 11, 2001.
"This is great news because the families of Flight 93 really wanted it in Philadelphia," he said.