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USS New York Christening Ceremony Online

March 6th, 2008

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You can watch the entire Christening Ceremony of the USS New York online courtesy of Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding. Simply click on this link ngc.com  and then its in the upper righthand corner. Enjoy!

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Navy Christens Future USS New York in Tribute to 9/11 Victims

March 5th, 2008

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Ship incorporates steel from the World Trade Center
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MYFOXNY.COM The U.S. Navy christened a new warship Saturday that pays tribute to the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks. The amphibious transport dock ship New York is officially named for the state but informally pays tribute to the city and the victims of the attacks. More than seven tons of steel salvaged from the wreckage of the World Trade Center was melted down and used in the construction of the bow stem.

It was named the New York at the request of then-Gov. George Pataki, who wrote a letter to the Navy after the attacks.Thousands of people, including friends and families of 9/11 victims, gathered Saturday at the ceremony at Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding facilities outside of New Orleans. The official motto of New York is Never Forget, which is painted on the hull.

This is a special day for a magnificent ship that has a special place in the heart of every American, Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England said during the ceremony. On the day the towers fell, all Americans were New Yorkers.

May God bless this ship and all who sail on her, ship sponsor Dotty England said before smashing a bottle of champagne against it, producing a loud thump to go with the spurting liquid and flying streamers.

The diesel-powered 25,000-ton San Antonio class vessel is 684 feet long, 105 feet wide and cost a billion dollars. It is armed with missile launches and two 30-millimeter guns. It will have a crew of 360 sailors and three Marines. It is also designed to transport a landing force of up to 800 Marines. The ship can launch four Sea Knight transport helicopters or two Osprey aircraft.

The prospective commanding officer is Cmdr. F. Curtis Jones who is from Binghamton, N.Y. The New York will be commissioned and added to the fleet next year in a ceremony at New York City, officially becoming the USS New York.

Two more San Antonio ships under construction include the Arlington and the Somerset, named for the other locations affected by Sept. 11: the Pentagon in Arlington, Va., and the field in Somerset, Pa., where United 93 crashed.

It is the fifth ship in the U.S. Navy to be named New York. The last was a battleship that served in both World Wars and was decommissioned in 1946. In addition, one Navy submarine was known as the USS New York City, and served the Navy from 1979 to 1997.

MyFoxNY.com with Associated Press and American Forces Press Service reports

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Mayor Bloomberg Discusses the Rebuilding of New Orleans and New York in Weekly Radio Address

February 1st, 2008

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE PR-421-07 November 18, 2007

The following is the text of Mayor Bloomberg’s weekly radio address as prepared for delivery on 1010 WINS News Radio for Sunday, November 18, 2007

“Good Morning. This is Mayor Mike Bloomberg.”  On Friday, I attended the National League of Cities Conference in New Orleans. The organizers chose New Orleans to host this year’s conference to give local leaders from across the nation an opportunity to see a city that has dealt with an enormous catastrophe and is now coming back stronger and better than ever.”It’s a story that New Yorkers know well. And as I walked the streets of the Crescent City, and met with the people who call it home, I was struck by the same spirit of resilience that I saw in New York in the months following 9/11. One of the most powerful symbols of that resilience is the U.S.S. New York, a Navy warship currently under construction in New Orleans. The ship, which is being built from steel recovered from the World Trade Center, was in a shipyard on the banks of the Mississippi when Hurricane Katrina hit. And despite the devastation that occurred all around it, the ship survived the storm and remained intact.”It was heartening to see. Equally heartening are the signs of progress throughout the city of New Orleans: homes being rebuilt, new businesses and restaurants going up, and a population that is now increasing at a pace of nearly 5,000 new residents a month. It’s not easy to rebuild communities in the wake of a tragedy, but it is possible, and Lower Manhattan is a shining example of that. The neighborhood’s comeback as a residential community is one of our city’s greatest success stories.”Over the past six years, Lower Manhattan’s population has grown by some 20,000 people – and more than 10,000 units of housing have opened. Not surprisingly, the school-age population in this area is also booming. To meet the growing need for classroom space, last week I stood with State leaders to announce plans to build a new, nine-story public school in Battery Park City. The school will include students from pre-kindergarten through the 8th grade. It will create nearly 40 new classrooms and 950 new seats, and serve as the City’s first ‘Green School.’”The resurgence that Lower Manhattan is experiencing right now is just incredible. It’s exactly what we hoped for when we outlined our “Vision for Lower Manhattan” in 2002. Over the past five years, we’ve focused as much on making the area a good place to live as we have on encouraging the growth of business. We’ve done that by spurring the development of new housing – including affordable housing, by driving crime to new lows, by creating parks and waterfront areas that improve neighborhood quality of life, and by investing in the good public schools that are the backbone of any thriving residential community.”For New York – and for cities across the nation – these are the ingredients for success. But they can only be realized when government holds itself accountable for results. That was the message I brought to the National League of Cities Conference in New Orleans last week. New York has come a long way over a short period of time, and we’re not about to ease up. To ensure our city’s future, we’re going to keep thinking big, investing strategically and measuring our progress every step of the way.”This is Mayor Mike Bloomberg. Thanks for listening.”

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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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