Ny_boat USS New York

With a year to go before it even touches the water, the Navy’s amphibious assault ship USS New York
has already made history.

It was built with 24 tons of scrap steel from the World Trade Center

The USS New York is about 45 percent complete and should be ready for launch in mid-2007.
Katrina disrupted construction when it pounded the Gulf Coast last summer, but the 684-foot
vessel escaped serious damage, and workers were back at the yard near New Orleans
two weeks after the storm.

It is the fifth in a new class of warship – designed for missions that include special operations against terrorists. It will carry a crew of 360 sailors and 700 combat-ready Marines to be delivered
ashore by helicopters and assault craft.

"It would be fitting if the first mission this ship would go on is to make sure that bin Laden and his terrorist organization is taken out," said Glenn Clement, a paint foreman. "He came in through the  back door and knocked our towers down and (the New York ) is coming right through the front door,
and we want them to know that."

Steel from the World Trade Center was melted down in a foundry in Amite, LA., to cast the ship’s bow section. When it was poured into the molds on Sept. 9, 2003, "those big rough steelworkers
treated it with total reverence," recalled Navy Capt. Kevin Wensing, who was there. "It was a  spiritual moment for everybody there."

Junior Chavers, foundry operations manager, said that when the trade center steel first arrived,
he touched it with his hand and the "hair on my neck stood up. It had a big meaning for all of us,"  he said. "They knocked us down. They can’t keep us down. We’re going to be back."

The ship’s motto – ”Never Forget"

Keep kicking Ass!

Major Pain!


  1. Its the kind of thing that gives you goosebumps – the steel tempered in the crucible of heat, pain and destruction, rising like the phoenix to take the fight to the enemy. The first person’s comment is correct – it IS awesome!

  2. The USS New York and her crew will be ready to rid the world of our enemys, and I have no doubt that she will
    serve with distinction and honor!
    Semper Fi, Major Pain!

  3. I have had the honor and privilege to be aboard this vessel while under construction. I am pleased to report that the men and women in Pascagoula that are working on her understand the significance and take great pride and care. Despite having a wonderful engineer/tour guide we got lost twice going through this ship. I thanked as many workers as I could.
    Always faithful.

  4. Well Major Pain….it looks like Congrats are in order again! This time, to both you and Marty. Ummmm, does this mean we all have to be respectful of your “position” now? 😉

  5. This story did give me goosebumps & I am proud of the way the workers are treating everything surrounding the USS New York with such respect. Across from the Beirut Memorial at Camp Johnson, NC is also a steel beam memorial for the 9/11 victims. I also got goosebumps when I touched it. May all of the fallen rest in peace. I’m sure everyone will take time to reflect today on the past events. God Bless Our Troops!

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