“Hero Ships” to air on Memorial Day, by History Channel International

May 13th, 2008

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In honor of Memorial Day, History International premieres the series HERO SHIPS

On Monday, May 26

True accounts of bravery, sacrifice and glory told by the sailors who were

on the front lines, and on deck


A Lou Reda Production

NEW YORK, MAY 6, 2008 They took the fight to the enemy, shelled foreign coasts long

into old age and sailed underneath the polar ice-caps, but even though these ships are arguably

the most prestigious vessels in American history, they would have been sent to the scrap heap

long ago if it hadnt been for the men who served on them and refused to let go. HERO

SHIPS will premiere on Monday, May 26 at 8pm ET, on History International.

With high definition footage and gripping interviews, HERO SHIPS is a journey through time,

exploring some of the most magnificent ships in US Naval history. Each episode shows the

evolution of one ship and retraces the most dramatic moments from her history. In many cases,

the ships were forgotten by their country and destined for sale or destruction before veterans

groups stepped in to save them. Now, these hero ships are moored in some of the nations

biggest cities, floating museums and gateways to a time when grey-skinned battlewagons

prowled our imaginations.

HERO SHIPS: USS Arizona (Monday, May 26 at 8pm ET) In this inside look, underwater

photography beneath Peal Harbor reveals not only the damage sustained in her last battle but

also how much she has degraded over time. We now think of her only in death but in life she

was one of the most innovative warships of her kind, and one of the most iconic ships in

American history. The USS Arizona is a national cemetery as well as national monument, with

900 crew members buried within the vessel.

HERO SHIPS: USS Enterprise (Monday, May 26 at 9pm ET) The original Enterprise,

CV-6, gained immortality as The Fighting Lady of World War II. But despite her glorious

history, she was sent to the scrap yard, only to be redeemed in the 1957 launch of CVN-65, the

worlds first nuclear-powered carrier. Today the USS Enterprise remains on the high seas and

in the front lines of Americas military engagements.

HERO SHIPS: LSTs (Monday, May 26 at 10pm ET) Landing Ship Tanks werent

deemed noble enough to have names. They were not thought of as warships even though they

were always the first floating metal to touch beaches from North Africa to the Philippines. The

story of these ships exemplifies the collective saga of a design class that had absolutely no

military precedent before the first keel was laid in June of 1942.

**Starting June 1st, HERO SHIPS will air new episodes each Sunday at 11pm ET.

Specific airdates for the following episodes are TBD.

HERO SHIPS: USS Constitution Also known as Old Ironsides, the USS Constitution holds

steady as one of the U.S. Navys most powerful accomplishments in craftsmanship and

endurance. It is one of the six original frigates authorized for construction by the Navy Act of

1794, and today still remains afloat, serving as a training facility for the Navys CPO.

(June 1)

HERO SHIPS: USS Nautilus The name was passed along Navy surface ships from the War

of 1812 through the Mexican War, and then eventually given to submarines beginning in World

War I. During World War II, the name landed on a unique sub equipped with two six-inch

guns designed to combat destroyers and cruisers, yet big enough to be assigned to deliver

massive amounts of cargo to Marine raiders. From 1951 through 1979, the replacement USS

Nautilus completed numerous successful voyages, including sailing under the polar icecap.

(June 8) HERO SHIPS: USS Hornet One of the most heroic ships of World War II, CV-12 served as

the flight deck for the Doolittle Tokyo raid, and its predecessor ship, the CV-8, endured 16

months of non-stop combat action, coming within 40 miles of Japan, and setting incredible

wartime records. Some of those feats included: 10 of its pilots reached Ace in One Day

status, over 1,400 enemy planes destroyed, and a considerable amount of its Hellcat pilots

became aces. (June 15) HERO SHIPS: USS Texas A technical and historical thumbnail of the US Navy from 1912

through 1945, the USS Texas fought in some of the most horrendous naval battles of the 20th

century, including D-Day Normandy, Iwo Jima and Okinawa. Today shes been renovated and

set up as floating museum in LaPorte, TX, a glorious reminder of two great wars. (June 22)

HERO SHIPS: USS New Jersey Americas most decorated surviving warship, the USS

New Jersey has fought in more battles than any other fighting ship in US naval history. From

WWII, to Korea and Vietnam, Lebanon and Syria, the USS New Jersey was on the front lines,

lending support in every major engagement. This episode of HERO SHIPS includes the

emotionally stirring first reunion in three decades of two shipmates who served together on the

USS New Jersey during Vietnam. (June 29)

HERO SHIPS: USS Yorktown Two magnificent ships carried the same great name; the

original CV-5, was a martyred hero of the Second World Wars two pivotal battles, the Coral

Sea and Midway, sinking several Japanese carriers. CV-10, successor to CV-5, went on to

avenge the destroyed namesake through the remainder of the war.

HERO SHIPS: USS Laffey The USS Laffey was in reality two great vessels with the same

namethe first, DD-459, fought to the death in the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal in November

1942. The second, DD-724, was at the center of World War IIs most intensely brutal

kamikaze attack, where it earned the nickname The Ship that Would Not Die. However, the

crew casualties were high: over 30 perished and another 70 were wounded.

HERO SHIPS: SS Jeremiah OBrien Not all hero ships were built for battle. The SS

Jeremiah OBrien served as a beacon of hope as it was one of many liberty ships that kept the

supplies flowing. The ship miraculously survived the D-Day invasion, and is currently

harbored in San Francisco, and participates in Fleet Weeks and cruises across the world.

HERO SHIPS: USS New York This episode reveals how the latest ship to be named USS

New York is assembled; an Amphibious Dock Ship, and one of the most technologically

advanced vessels in Americas arsenal, reinforced with steel from the World Trade Centers. Its

predecessor, the battleship New York, born in 1911, was present during the German High Seas

Fleet at Scapa Flo in 1918. Later modernized, it fought a two ocean war in World War II.

HERO SHIPS: USS Samuel B. Roberts The first Samuel B. Roberts, DE-413, perished in

the greatest naval battle ever fought. In October 1944, as part of minimal force protecting jeep

carriers in Leyte Gulf, the vessel faced a tremendously superior Japanese fleet. Fighting to the

death, the DE-413 was able to fend off much of the Japanese force before sinking to the bottom

of the ocean. The name Samuel B. Roberts appeared two more times, including the FFG-58,

launched in 1984, participating in Desert Storm, and today is on-call for homeland security.

HERO SHIPS is produced by Lou Reda Productions for History. Executive Producer for

History is Michael Stiller. Executive Producers for Lou Reda Productions are Lou and Scott


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The first New York

May 12th, 2008

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The first New York By Adam Kane

The first New York was a gondola built by the Continental Army in 1776 to defend Lake Champlain from an expected British invasion. The New York fought in the Battle of Valcour Island (October 11-13, 1776), as part of a hastily constructed American fleet under the command of Benedict Arnold. During the the battle a cannon on the gunboat exploded killing a Lieutenant Thomas Rogers of Westford, Massachusetts. Of the eight gunboats like the New York built by the Americans in 1776, the New York was the only one to survive the Battle of Valcour Island. The vessel was captured and burned by the British the following year. The spot in Valcour Bay where the gunboat’s cannon exploded has been archaeologically mapped and six fragments of its exploded cannon have been found and are now part of a traveling displayed produced by the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum called “Rediscovering a Moment in Time: The Valcour Bay Research Project.”
Adam Kane

Nautical Archaeology Project Manager

Lake Champlain Maritime Museum

4472 Basin Harbor Road

Vergennes, VT 05491

phone: 802.475.2022 ext. 116

fax: 802.475.2953

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The future USS New York LPD-21 under construction at Northrop Grumman Ship Systems’ shipyard in Avondale, LA, will be the fifth amphibious transport dock of the San Antonio class. The ship was named New York after the state and incorporates in its construction steel salvaged from the World Trade Centers. Her ship motto is "Never Forget." "We're very proud that the twisted steel from the WTC towers will soon be used to forge an even stronger national defense," New York Gov. George Pataki spoke in 2002. "The USS New York will soon be defending freedom and combating terrorism around the globe, while also ensuring that the world never forgets the evil attacks of Sept. 11 and the courage and strength New Yorkers showed.” This will be the seventh U.S. ship named New York.

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