Saturday, September 06, 2008

USS New York

Here she is, the USS New York (LPD-21 class)!

It was built with 24 tons of scrap steel from the World Trade Center. It is the fifth in a new class of warship - 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's an amphibious transport dock ship.

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 9 Sept 2003.

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. They can't keep us down. We're going to be back.'

The ship's motto? 'Never Forget.'
Tags: USS New York, LPD-21, World Trade Center, New York, Scrap Steel, Amphibious Transport Dock, Never Forget

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3 Comments:

Blogger Borneo Falcon said...

Cool ship. At least they do not let the scrap steel goes to waste

07 September, 2008 13:37  
Blogger fruzabdullah said...

they using scrap metal from wTC?

my god.... sure this ship will be haunted.... (ghost ship)

08 September, 2008 02:50  
Blogger Johnny Ong said...

borneo - practising recycling? or for rememberance sake?

fairuz - no ghost sighting has been reported thus far ... hoo hoo

08 September, 2008 13:56  

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