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Final details set for departure of USS New York

October 12th, 2009

Filed under: News — admin @ 5:42 pm

By Paul Purpura, The Times-Picayune

October 12, 2009, 5:14PM

Under the threat of rain and a veil of security, the USS New York  will leave the New Orleans area Tuesday morning after more than three years of construction at Avondale, feted by what organizers hope will be thousands of people gathered along the Mississippi River to see the ship off. 

newyork1.JPGThe USS New York will leave Avondale on Tuesday atbout 7 a.m., and officials are asking people to line the banks of the Mississippi River to give the ship a New Orleans-style sendoff.The ship — whose bow stem contains about 7 1/2 tons of steel from the World Trade Center, felled during the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks — also will receive two 21-gun salutes during its trek from Northrop Grumman’s Avondale shipyard to the Gulf of Mexico.

The USS New York will head to its namesake city, where it will be commissioned Nov. 7. Then it will move to its homeport of Norfolk, Va.

The ship departs Avondale at 7 a.m. with a Coast Guard escort.

When it passes the city of Gretna, around 7:45 a.m., it will be greeted by a police honor guard and emergency vehicles, which will flash their lights in honor of the 343 firefighters and police officers who died in the World Trade Center. That event will take place at the Riverfront Amphitheater.

The ship is expected to pass by Woldenburg Park around 8:15 a.m., where organizers hope  it will be greeted by thousands. About 3,000 flags will be distributed, organizers said.

Sailors will gather on the Admiral’s Pier at the Naval Support Activity, where Navy Band New Orleans will perform “Anchors Aweigh” as the ship passes to a 21-gun salute. The base is not open to the public.

In Belle Chasse, crowds are asked to gather at the levee, about a quarter-mile south of the Naval Air Station-Joint Reserve Base’s main entrance on Louisiana 23, across from the Naval Federal Credit Union. The air station’s sailors will gather there, where about 10 a.m., another 21-gun salute will commence and a military color guard will honor the passing ship, said Capt. Bill Snyder, the air station’s commanding officer.

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  4. She looks beautiful. It fills me with pride to see her. God Bless the U.S.A.

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  6. I was one of the honored individuals that had the opportunity of a lifetime when I was allowed by god to be a pipe welder on this ship for over four months. I came along late in this build of this amazing ship so I was able to see alot of the final product. I left the shipyard shortly before this left for its sea trial. I just wanted to let everyone know that the hearts and souls of many workers made this ship come to life for those that lost theirs of their loved ones in this terrible tragedy 8 years ago. I am looking forward to making the flight to New York to see the commissioning of this wonderful ship. I am from Roscoe IL and having the priveledge of working on this ship has definately been a highlight of my life. God bless you all and your families.

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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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