Earlier this week the USS New York, the the fifth ship in the LPD 17 San Antonio class of amphibious transport dock ships, took off on it’s maiden voyage from Northrop Grumman Ship Systems in the greater New Orleans area, Louisiana en route to it’s namesake city, New York. What makes the USS New York especially interesting is that the vessel was constructed with 7.5 tons of steel salvaged from the World Trade Center wreckage that were incorporated into the bow stem of the vessel.
New York’s keel was laid on 10 September 2004 and the ship will be commissioned USS New York in New York City in 2009. Mrs Dotty England, wife of Deputy Secretary of Defense Gordon England, is the sponsor.
For more information, the USS New York has a great website with in depth information on the construction and history HERE. The USS New York also has it’s own Flickr page HERE
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