USS New York Commemorates 9/11 on Maiden Deployment

September 12th, 2012

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NNS120911-19. USS New York Commemorates 9/11 on Maiden Deployment

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Zane Ecklund, USS New York Public Affairs

USS NEW YORK, At Sea (NNS) — USS New York (LPD 21) Sailors and Marines from the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) held a remembrance ceremony honoring the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks while on the ship’s maiden deployment, Sept. 11.

Commanding Officer Capt. Jon Kreitz addressed the crew with his remarks about the significance of the events and America’s response to such tragedies.

“Sept. 11 was a day that changed each of us and our lives forever,” said Kreitz. “In the heroism shown that day, we were reminded that we are a great nation, one where ordinary Americans performed extraordinary acts in the face of evil and enemies.”

Other events included a choral rendition of the national anthem, a rifle salute and a reenlistment ceremony. Damage Controlman 2nd Class David Dubis chose the day to continue his military service while honoring the fallen New York firefighters of Department 343. He said the oath of enlistment dressed out in a firefighting ensemble while breathing air from a self-contained breathing apparatus.

“It was a once in a lifetime opportunity to re-enlist on a ship built with steel from the Twin Towers, and on the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks,” said Dubis. “It’s an honor to keep protecting my country against terrorism, and to remember people who gave their lives doing the same job I do.”

The occasion was especially significant for the Sailors and Marines who hail from the state of New York. Staff Sgt. Dela Tsawo of Brooklyn, N.Y., conveyed his appreciation of the significance of New York and her crew’s mission.

“Sept. 11 was a tragedy, but at the same time it was an experience that unfortunately will never be forgotten,” said Tsawo. “Being part of [USS] New York’s history and maiden deployment has been a great honor.”

New York is part of the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group with the embarked 24th MEU. New York is currently on her maiden deployment in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. The USS New York is the sixth ship named for the state of New York, and the fifth amphibious transport dock ship in the San Antonio Class. Her motto is “Strength forged through sacrifice. Never forget.”

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Secretary Of The Navy Announces Early Move For Amphibious Ready Group

June 16th, 2012

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USS New York (LPD 21), left, transits alongside the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise

From Department of Defense Public Affairs
WASHINGTON (NNS) — Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced June 15 that the first amphibious ready group (ARG) ship scheduled to shift homeport to Naval Station Mayport, Fla., will arrive in the last quarter of calendar year 2013.

Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) the Honorable Ray Mabus speaks with the media

USS New York (LPD 21), USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) and USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43), will shift from their current homeport of Norfolk, Va., to Mayport. The New York will be the first to change homeport, followed by the Iwo Jima and Fort McHenry in 2014.

Mabus originally announced Feb. 28 that the ARG would arrive no later than 2015.

The accelerated timeline ensures continued viability of the Mayport ship repair industrial base and maintains the capabilities of the Jacksonville fleet concentration area, thereby preserving surge capability and reducing risk to fleet resources in the event of natural or manmade contingencies.

“I am very pleased that the Navy is able to condense the time horizon for the arrival of the Mayport ARG,” stated Mabus. “The move underscores just how important Jacksonville and Naval Station Mayport are to our national defense, and how committed we are to strategic dispersal on the East Coast.”

USS New York (LPD 21), left, transits alongside the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise

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Casualties from Osprey crash in Morocco identified

April 14th, 2012

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Two 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing Marines died and two were severely injured when an MV-22 Osprey crashed in a Royal Moroccan military training area southwest of Agadir, Morocco, while participating in bilateral Exercise African Lion, April 11.

Cpl. Robby A. Reyes and Cpl. Derek A. Kerns, both MV-22 crew chiefs with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 261, Marine Aircraft Group 26, died as a result of injuries sustained in the crash.

24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, offload from an MV-22 Osprey aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima

All four Marines involved were part of VMM-261, based at MCAS New River, N.C., and were the only personnel on the aircraft at the time of the crash. VMM-261 is currently attached to the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit and was operating from the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) at the time of the incident.

“Being a Marine is inherently dangerous but this is a shock to all of us,” said Col. Frank Donovan, 24th MEU commanding officer. “Our primary focus right now is making sure our Marines and their families are taken care of. We send our prayers and sincere condolences to the families of these Marines and mourn with them through this tragic event.”

Reyes joined the Marine Corps from Los Angeles, Calif., in December 2007 and was promoted to the rank of corporal in October 2010. His awards include the Global War on Terrorism Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation and a certificate of appreciation.

Kerns joined the Marine Corps from Fort Dix, N.J., in September 2008 and was promoted to the rank of corporal in December 2010. His awards include the Global War on Terrorism Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal and a certificate of appreciation.

Neither of the Marines had previously deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom or Operation Iraqi Freedom.

The two injured Marines have been medically evacuated for further treatment. For their privacy and the privacy of their families, their names will not be released.

The cause of the crash is currently under investigation.

For additional information about Exercise African Lion and the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit please follow the links below:

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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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