USS New York to Participate in 9/11 Ceremonies in New York
USS New York, partially born of the rubble from the World Trade Center, is sailing to New York this week to participate in the ceremonies commemorating the 10-year anniversary of the 9/11 attack. Leaving from Norfolk, VA, the ship will be carrying approximately 170 members of the 9/11 Families Association. The Association adopted the ship on May 28, 2011, to "support the education, morale and welfare of the crew." The Association members on board the USS New York for the two-day voyage to New York include families of 9/11 victims and first responders.
Arriving in Manhattan on September 8, the ship will set anchor in the Hudson River September 10-12, 2011. For the ceremonies on September 11, the ship will move to a location in sight of the World Trade Center.
7 1/2 Tons of World Trade Center Recycled Steel in Her Hull
The USS New York proudly bears 7.5 tons of steel reclaimed from ground zero at the site of the 9/11 World Trade Center attack. New York Governor, George Pataki, was instrumental in helping to collect the steel and have it shipped to Amite Foundry and Machine, Inc. in Amite, LA, where it was melted down and poured into molds to form the USS New York's bow stem. The bow stem is the foremost part of the ship's hull, which cuts through the water and gives structural integrity to the hull.
The ship itself was built in the Northrop Grumman's Avondale Shipyard in Louisiana where it weathered Hurricane Katrina during its construction. On March 1, 2008, Deputy Secretary of Defense Gordon England christened the USS New York along with his wife Dotty who smashed the traditional bottle of champagne on its hull. The ship was formally commissioned at ceremonies at the Intrepid Museum Pier 88 South, Pier 86 North in New York on November 7, 2009.
The ship's motto "Strength forged through sacrifice. Never forget." exemplifies the spirit of her crew, New York and our nation. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus summed this spirit up in the following statement:
"Every member of the crew has a tremendous sense of mission and appreciation of the unique role their ship plays for the citizens of New York. She is an emblem of the strength and renewed spirit of a city that was damaged but never defeated."
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