Built with 7 1/2 tons of steel from the World Trade Center, the USS NEW YORK (LPD 21) was Commissioned on November 7, 2009 in in New York City.
USS New York (LPD 21)
Mission: USS NEW YORK (LPD-21) was constructed at Northrop Grumman Ship Systems’ shipyard in Avondale, LA. It is the fifth amphibious transport dock of the San Antonio class. The ship is used to transport and land Marines, their equipment, and supplies via embarked air cushion or conventional landing craft, amphibious assault vehicles, augmented by helicopters or vertical take off and landing aircraft. USS NEW YORK stands ready to support amphibious assaults, special operations, expeditionary warfare missions, and humanitarian relief efforts.
Name: The ship was named New York after the state and incorporates in its construction steel salvaged from the World Trade Centers. "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.
Special features of USS NEW YORK (LP 21):
•Bow stem includes seven and a half tons of steel recovered from the World Trade Center's twin towers
•Construction with World Trade Center steel was encouraged by Governor George Pataki of New York and Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York City
•Name given by then Secretary of the Navy Gordon England
•Keel was laid on August 2004
•1,200 Louisiana workers stayed to keep building the ship after Hurricane Katrina hit the shipyard in August 2005
•Ship was christened at Northrop Grumman's Avondale shipyard on March 1, 2008
•Motto: "Strength forged through sacrifice. Never forget."