Remembering September 11th


09/10/2011 In this video, workers are seen turning steel from the September 11th destruction of the World Trade Center into a ship that will operate for decades in taking the fight back out into the global arena.

The ship was built in New Orleans.

Twenty-four tons of steel from the World Trade Center were recycled for the project.  About seven tons were melted down and poured into a cast to make the bow section of the ship’s hull.  The steel has been treated with reverence by the ship builders and several workers have postponed retirements for the honor of working on the USS New York.

The USN explains the character of the new USS New York:

From flight deck to crew quarters, the LPD of the 21st century is state-of-the-art in design and technology, superseding four older classes of amphibious landing craft.

In fact, the vessel you see in New York harbor today is the latest in a long line of warships named for the state and city of New York

She is one of three new amphibious assault ships named after places in three states where more than 3,000 people were murdered in the infamous terrorist attack of September 11, 2001.

Still in construction are the other two: the soon-to-be USS ARLINGTON (LPD-24) named for the Virginia county in which the Pentagon is located, and the USS SOMERSET (LPD-25) named for the Pennsylvania county where American Airlines Flight 93 crashed into a field.

All three ships will go to sea with steel in their bows that was salvaged and re-formed from all three terrorist attack sites: LPD-24’s from the Pentagon building’s structural girders, LPD-25’s from the meltdown of a crane used to excavate the airliner wreckage.

The lead ship in the LPD series, USS SAN ANTONIO (LPD-17), was followed into the Navy fleet by USS NEW ORLEANS (LPD-18), USS MESA VERDE (LPD-19), USS GREEN BAY (LPD-20) and USS SAN DIEGO (LPD-22).

Compared to previous USS NEW YORKs, each of these modern-day ships is a swift and agile giant. LPD-21, for example, cruises significantly faster and her waterline is 111 feet longer than the long-ago decommissioned battleship USS NEW YORK (BB-34).

As force-projection platforms, USS NEW YORK and her sister LPDs are designed and equipped to operate with maximum stealth and tactical flexibility. Her components include…

The V-22 tilt-rotor Osprey aircraft

Three types of helicopters

14 expeditionary fighting vehicles (EFVs) and/or several air-cushioned landing craft (LCACs) for across-the-beach deployments of U.S. Marine Corps and Special Forces personnel.

Assembled in various combinations, this “mobility triad” is uniquely adaptable to a variety of modern-day combat situations, making USS NEW YORK and her sister LPDs unrivaled in their responsiveness and defensive capabilities.

And the SLD team was there with the launching of the USS Arlington.