USS New York sailing update, 6 AM Nov 12, 2009

November 11th, 2009

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USS New York will be departing Pier 88 at 6 AM, Anyone wishing to bid farewell to this fine ship and her crew should get up early, dress warmly and bring a flag and watch the greatest ship in the world will be to be leaving the Greatest City in the world, NEW YORK
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USS New York will hunker down at Naval Weapons Station Earl while a Huge storm dubbed the Atlantic Assault churns offshore with waves of up to 20 feet.


Navy ship built with WTC steel goes into service

November 8th, 2009

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Navy ship built with WTC steel goes into service


NEW YORK — The USS New York, built with steel from the rubble of the World Trade Center, was put into Navy service Saturday both as a symbol of healing and strength.

“No matter how many times you attack us, we always come back,” Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus said at the amphibious assault ship’s commissioning. “America always comes back. That’s what this ship represents.”

He spoke on a Manhattan pier where hundreds of Navy officers and sailors joined first responders and families of Sept. 11 victims.

“I hereby place the USS New York in commission,” Mabus announced.

And with a long drum roll, the ship’s crew was set on the first watch, obeying the order, as traditionally worded: “Man our ship and bring her to life!”

From atop the vessel, decked in red, white and blue bunting, black smoke rose into the chilly fall morning to signal that the USS New York was powered up. A loud cheer accompanied a flyover by Navy planes.

The 7 1/2 tons of steel debris from ground zero had been melted down to form the bow of the USS New York as “a symbol of our unshakable resolve; this is a city built of steel,” said Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, representing the Obama administration.

Clinton was a U.S. senator from New York before she became the nation’s top diplomat.

She noted that many of New York’s iconic structures were made from steel, including the Statue of Liberty and the Chrysler building.

“But the strongest steel of New York has always been in the spines of its people,” Clinton said, calling New Yorkers “strivers and seekers, immigrants from every country, speakers of every language.”

The ceremony was staged on the Hudson River pier that is home to the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum — against the backdrop of the new vessel docked at the next pier.

Among the dignitaries were newly re-elected New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, New York Gov. David Paterson and the USS New York’s new skipper, Cmdr. Curtis Jones.



USS New York Commissioned in NYC

November 7th, 2009

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USS New York Commissioned in NYC

A military band played and sailors fired off cannons as the Navy began a ceremony to commission its newest assault ship forged with tons of steel from the World Trade Center.

Hundreds of sailors and officers stood at attention on a chilly Saturday morning as the Navy put the USS New York into service at a pier in New York City.

The $1 billion warship was built near New Orleans by workers who survived Hurricane Katrina.
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton was on hand for the ceremony.

Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.


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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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