October 05, 2016 - 6:26 PM
PHILADELPHIA - The U.S. Navy is commissioning the USS John P. Murtha, a new ship named in honour of the late longtime Pennsylvania congressman and decorated Marine Corps veteran.
Thousands are expected to honour Murtha on Saturday at Penn's Landing in Philadelphia during a ceremony to place the ship into active service.
Murtha, a Democrat, served as a U.S. Marines Corps Reserve officer and later as a member of the Pennsylvania House. He was the first Vietnam War veteran elected to Congress and became the longest-serving congressman in Pennsylvania history shortly before his death in 2010.
The two-time Purple Heart recipient earned a number of other accolades for his service, including the Navy Distinguished Service Medal.
Ships like the USS John P. Murtha support military and humanitarian missions.
News from © The Associated Press, 2016