Thunderpig’s Mirror

Introducing the USS New York (LPD-21)

Posted by Thunder Pig on January 10, 2008

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.

Later ships in the class will include USS Arlington, the location of the Pentagon, also struck by a hijacked jetliner on Sept. 11, and USS Somerset, named for the Pennsylvania county where United Flight 93 crashed after its passengers fought off hijackers apparently planning to attack another Washington target.

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.’

Source: Doug Ross @ Journal
Related: USS New York Website


photo swiped from flicker site

Even more information is available at the San Antonio Class homepage.

I hope the commissioning event is captured on video, as I expect that would be a very moving ceremony.

To the crew of the USS NEW York, I wish them Good Hunting.

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