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US Navy To Build Ship Named For Pennsylvania's State Capital

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The USS Somerset is docked at the Huntington Ingalls Industries shipyard Shipyard in Avondale, La., Wednesday, July 25, 2012. The Trump administration says a ship will be named after Harrisburg in about two years.

Trump administration officials say the U.S. Navy will name a ship that has yet to be built after the city of Harrisburg.

The naming of the future USS Harrisburg was announced Thursday in the Capitol Rotunda, at an event that included federal, state and local officials.

The $800 million amphibious landing platform dock will be built in Mississippi and is expected to be ready for service in about two years.

Officials say the 684-foot USS Harrisburg will be used for amphibious and special operations efforts, as well as humanitarian missions.

A previous USS Harrisburg served as a troop transport during World War I.