The USS New York
With a year to go before it even touches the water, the Navy’samphibious assault ship USS New York (which will look like the one shown in the photo to the right) has already made history. It was built with twenty-four tons of scrap steel from the World Trade Center.
USS New York is about forty-five percent complete and should be ready for launch in mid-2007. Katrina disrupted construction when it pounded the Gulf Coast last summer, but the 684-foot vessel escaped serious damage, and workers were back at the yard near New Orleans two weeks after the storm.
It is the fifth in a new class of warship, and is designed for missions that include special operations against terrorists. It will carry a crew of 360 sailors and 700 combat-ready Marines to be delivered ashore by helicopters and assault craft.
“It would be fitting if the first mission this ship goes go on is to make sure that bin Laden is taken out, and that his terrorist organization is taken out,” said Glenn Clement, a paint foreman. “He came in through the back door and knocked our towers down. The New York will be going right through their front door, and we want them to know that.”
Steel from the World Trade Center was melted down in a foundry in Amite, Louisiana, to be used to cast the ship’s bow section. When it was poured into the molds on Sept. 9, 2003, “...those big rough steelworkers treated it with total reverence,” recalled Navy Capt. Kevin Wensing, who was there. “It was a spiritual moment for everybody there.”
Junior Chavers, foundry operations manager, said that when the trade center steel first arrived, he touched it with his hand and the “hair on my neck stood up.” “It had a big meaning to it for all of us,” he said. “They knocked us down, but they can’t keep us down. We’re getting back up, and we’re going after them.”
The ship’s motto? ... “Never Forget”
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I can’t think of a better way to remember 9/11/01 -Ed.