Built with 7 1/2 tons of scrap steel from the World Trade Center, the USS New York is the fifth in a new class of warship. It’s designed specifically for missions that include special operations against terrorists.
It will carry a crew of 360 sailors and 700 combat-ready Marines that can be delivered ashore by helicopters and assault craft at a moment’s notice.
The steel from the World Trade Center was melted down in a foundry in Amite, LA to cast the ships 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.”
As you can see from the ship’s side, her logo is “Never Forget”. (Note: You can click the images below for a larger view).
For many more photos and media on the USS New York, it’s construction, christening, and history, you can visit www.ussnewyork.com (note: The site appears to be going down regularly, likely due to heavy traffic).