Friday, September 11, 2009
Rising From the Ashes
It seems appropriate on this 11th day of September to reprint these pictures of the USS New York (LPD 21) and the message that accompanied them ‘round the world via email.
Built with 24 tons of scrap steel from the World Trade Center, the USS New York is an Amphibious Dock Transport ship, the fifth in a new class of warship designed for missions that include special operations against terrorists. The ship will sail into NY harbor on November 2 and will be commissioned on November 7, 2009 in NYC. It will carry a crew of 360 sailors and 700 combat-ready Marines to be delivered ashore by helicopters and assault craft.
Steel from the World Trade Center was melted down in a foundry in Amite, LA 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. “It was a spiritual moment for everybody there.”
Junior Chavers, operations manager, said that when the Trade Center steel first arrived at the foundry, 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. They knocked us down. They can't keep us down. We're going to be back.
The ship's motto?
(Note: The picture of the ship at the top of this page is the USS Los Angeles (LPD 17), which is the first of the class to be built. The USS NEW YORK (LPD 21) is shown in the middle picture and will look just like the phote above it when at sea. )