USS New York
USS New York, built to commemorate those who their lives on 9/11...
The USS New York, a Navy ship built with tons of steel salvaged from the World Trade Center towers, began its maiden voyage last Tuesday, down the Mississippi River on route to New York.
The USS New York, was built and named to commemorate the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. But the ship means so much more to many, as the workers were tragically hit by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, during the early stages of construction.
Deputy project manager Doug Lounsberry said:
“It’s like raising a kid…We’re sending this one off to college. But after they leave, they remain near and dear to your heart.”
The USS New York, constructed at the New Orleans Northrop Grumman shipyard, measures 684, can carry up to 800 marines and has the capacity to carry helicopters and the MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft.
The $1 billion ship will be formally commissioned in New York in early November.
Accompanied by an armed Coast Guard speed boat, the USS New York was pulled out of the shipyard by four tugged boats and began its journey which will take the ship through the Gulf and around Florida, before truing north and continuing to New York.
As hundreds of onlookers crowed the levees hoping to catch a glimpse of the new ship, one man finally calls “Here she comes!” and begins prompting well-wishers to raise U.S. flags and camera phones, as the hulking warship emerged from the fog.
Tourists Dorice and Victor Brown, and Christine Cox, of Sterling, Va., were lucky enough to witness the emotion event. They getting coffee and pastries at a nearby cafe when they asked about the commotion and decided to check it out for themselves:
“It’s awesome for anything so tragic to be so uplifting here,” Cox said, just after the ship had passed.
Brian Corcoran, a mechanical contractor, brought his four children, who range in age from 12 to 5. He figured they might be a bit late for school but was OK with that, given the importance of the occasion. “Hopefully, it’s going overseas to do damage to them like it did to us,” he said.
When terrorist hijackers crashed two jetliners into the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, destroying the twin towers and killing nearly 2,800 people, the ship was already on the drawing board. In September 2002, the Defense Department announced the selection of New York as the ship’s name, honoring the city and state and those who died in the attacks.
About 7.5 tons of World Trade Center steel was melted at the Bradken Inc. foundry in Amite, La., and used in the New York’s bow.
The New York revives a name held by at least four other Navy ships, including a Spanish-American War-era cruiser, a battleship that served in World Wars I and II and a nuclear submarine retired from the fleet in 1997.
The ship is a San Antonio-class amphibious dock vessel. The first four ships in the series — the USS San Antonio, USS New Orleans, USS Mesa Verde and USS Green Bay — are in service. Four other ships in the class are under construction: Somerset and Anchorage at the Avondale yard, and Arlington and San Diego at Northrop Grumman’s yard in Pascagoula, Miss.
Arlington and Somerset also carry names connected to the Sept. 11 attacks: Arlington for the attack on the Pentagon and Somerset for the Pennsylvania county in which United Airlines Flight 93 crashed after being hijacked.
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