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USS New York (LPD-21) is the fifth ship in a new class of warship designed to be used in missions including special operations against terrorists. She is expected to carry 300 sailors and 700 Marines. The combat-ready Marines will be delivered ashore by helicopter and assault craft.
24 tons of scrap steel from the World Trade Center were melted down in a foundry in Amite, Louisiana, and used in her construction. Her bow section includes 7½ tons of WTC steel. An observer remarked that the steelworkers treated the molten steel with complete reverence as it was poured into the mould in September 2003. Her keel was laid in August 2004 and she was christened on 1st March, 2008 at Northrop Grumman’s Avondale shipyard in Louisiana.
USS New York has twin towers on her superstructure and her motto is ‘Never Forget’.
Image courtesy of website maggiesfarm.anotherdotcom.comOne can only imagine the emotions of her crew as they begin their service aboard her. The following is taken from the official website of the USS New York commissioning http://www.ussny.org/ship.php