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The Road to the USS New York

February 1st, 2008

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The Road to the USS New York By Scott Koen

The concept of the USS New York all started with the World Trade Center Memorial Competition. I developed a proposal named “Freedom Plaza” which was a huge North American Bald Eagle made entirely of recycled steel and aluminum from Ground Zero. Another idea I had was to use some of that same steel in a new ship called the USS New York City. What better way to honor the thousands that lost their lives than to have a ship built from Ground Zero. I worked at the Intrepid Museum at the time,  spoke to Bill White the CEO and explained my idea . Bill emailed CNO Vern Clark who responded “Love the idea and I will pass to our folks soonest” and thanked us. The Navys enthusiastic response was only tempered by the question of structural strength. Once that was satisfied my next task was to find the steel that could be used. I contacted Hugo Neu, a WTC steel processor and after the initial “You want what? for what??” conversation they provided us with 24 tons. The steel left on the 27th of December 2002 bound for the Northrop Grumman Shipyard in Pascagoula, MS. Upon it’s arrival, 7 tons were selected for the bow piece. On August 4th 2005, the LPD 21′s bow stem, with its World Trade Center steel, was erected into the main hull and will forever lead the future USS New York.

More info on Freedom Plaza availible at www.ussnewyork.com/freedomplaza

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Christening Info & Update

January 10th, 2008

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USS New York Update 1/1/2008 HERE SHE COMES !

The future USS NEW YORK LPD-21, (USSNY) the fifth ship of the San Antonio-class of amphibious ships was launched (get wet) on December 19th at Northrop Grumman Ship Systems facility (www.ngc.com) in Avondale, LA. As the USSNY nears 75% completion, final plans are coming together for the Chris-Comm Events. The Christening will be held on the 1st of March. It is a invitation only event, you must contact (www.ss.northropgrumman.com) for invitations if you would like to attend. The ships sponsor, Mrs. Gordon England, wife of Deputy Secretary of Defense Gordon England, (www.defenselink.mil) will break the ceremonial bottle of champagne across her bow and Christen Thee New York. Following that the ship will continue through sea trials and final fitting out until the Commissioning in New York City (www.nycvisit.com), Fall 2009. Preparations are underway for these events, which are expected to span an entire week. The Commissioning Committee (www.ussny.org) web site coming in March 2008) comprised of volunteers from a broad spectrum, has the awesome responsibility of raising 1.5 M for these events as well as other USSNY projects. The commissioning is expected to be the memorial event of the century and draw many top political and public figures as well as huge crowds. The USS New York’s importance to this City, State and Nation cannot be underestimated. There is no other ship in world history that will carry the import and prestige that this vessel carries. She will become America’s greatest naval ambassador and will carry our flag to the 4 corners of the world throughout the 21st century.

Many milestones will occur this year like main engine light-offs, powering up on her own diesel generators and completing and testing of the various ships systems. Each system creates its own vibration in the hull that makes the ship feel as if it has come to life. Many sailors will awake when that vibration stops for any reason. It’s as if she was singing you to sleep.

As she awakens A nation awaits

For more info www.ussnewyork.com

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USS New York Launches!

January 3rd, 2008

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Defense Daily/Access Intelligence via COMTEX – Jan 03, 2008

The future USS New York (LPD-21), the fifth ship of the San Antonio-class of amphibious ships, was launched last month from Northrop Grumman [NOC] Ship Systems in Avondale, La., the company said.

Throughout 2008, Northrop Grumman will continue to complete this 684- foot-long warship. Key milestones such as electrical generator, combat systems, and main engine light-offs will occur as building and testing continue in the shipyard, Northrop Grumman said.

The New York will be christened in a ceremony in Avondale on March 1, 2008, and is scheduled to be delivered to the Navy in 2009.

In 2003, New York’s keel was laid and in 2004, the Amite Foundry melted tons of steel salvaged from the World Trade Center to cast the ship’s bow stem. The bow stem was eventually joined to the remainder of the bow section and last year became a part of the ship’s hull. With the launching, World Trade Center steel will always lead the ship wherever the future USS New York sails, according to Northrop Grumman.

Defense Daily, Vol. 237, No. 1
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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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