BIRTH OF A NEW YORK LADY
Here she is, the USS New York!
was built with 24 tons of scrap steel from the World Trade Center.
Later ships in the same class will include the USS Arlington, the location of the Pentagon in Virginia, also struck by a hijacked jetliner on Sept. 11, and the USS Somerset, named for the Pennsylvania county where United Flight 93 crashed after its passengers fought off hijackers apparently planning to attack a Washington, DC target.
The name New York has been borne by at least seven different United States military ships, most recently the nuclear submarine USS New York City, which was commissioned in 1979 and retired in 1997.
Construction on this 684-foot amphibious assault ship, USS New York, began at a shipyard in Avondale, Louisiana. She was christened there on March 1, 2008. She will be commissioned in 2009.
Steel from the World Trade Center was melted down in a foundry in Amite, LA to cast her bow section. When it was poured into the molds on Sept 9, 2003, 'those big, rough steelworkers treated it with total reverence,' recalled Navy Captain Kevin Wensing, who was there.
was a spiritual moment for everybody.'
'It had a big meaning for all of us,' he said.