USS New York made with WTC Steel to be commissioned in November

October 14, 2009, By Thomas Antony

The USS New York is the US Navy’s latest San Antonio-class amphibious attack ship. It was launched yesterday from Northrop Grumman’s shipyard in Avondale, La.

USS New York

What is so special about this ship ? Seven and a half tons of the steel used in its construction came from the rubble and debris of the World Trade Center.

Steel from the World Trade Center was melted down at Amite Foundry and Machine in Amite, Louisiana to cast the ship’s bow section. The shipyard workers reportedly treated it with “reverence usually accorded to religious relics”, gently touching it as they walked by. One worker actually delayed his retirement after 40 years’ work in order to be a part of the project.

It is the sixth ship of the US Navy to carry the name New York and is the fifth San-Antonio class amphibious transport dock. An amphibious transport dock (also called a landing platform dock or LPD) is an amphibious warfare ship, a warship that embarks, transports, and lands elements of a landing force for expeditionary warfare missions. The New York is 684 feet long and can carry up to 800 Marines. It has a flight deck that can handle helicopters and the MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft.

The USS New York, named to commemorate the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, left the Northrop Grumman shipyard where it was built for the trip to its namesake city. The $1 billion ship will be formally commissioned in New York in early November. After commissioning, the USS New York will be based in Norfolk, Va.

USS San Antonio - Rendering

USS New York Badge

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