Sunday, April 22, 2007

USS New York

Traditionally, State names have been reserved for battleships.

With battleships no longer in the fleet as airpower and missile technology has advanced, the new capital ships named after states are the submarines.

There has recently been an exception made, however, for the USS New York, a new troop ship under construction that is designed to transport a fully-armed combat battalion of 700 Marines into a landing area by launching helicopters, fast hovercraft, or armored landing craft:
Shortly after 11 September 2001, Governor of New York George E. Pataki wrote a letter to Secretary of the Navy Gordon England requesting that the Navy bestow the name USS New York on a surface warship involved in the War on Terror in honor of September 11's victims. In his letter, the Governor said he understood state names are currently reserved for submarines, but asked for special consideration so the name could be given to a surface ship. The request was approved 28 August 2002.

Oddly enough, a previous holder of the name, [the battleship] USS New York (BB-34), had its keel laid on September 11th, 1911, exactly 90 years to the day before the WTC was attacked.

Twenty-four tons of the steel used in its construction came from the rubble of the World Trade Center, with seven tons melted down and cast to form the ship's "stem bar" — part of the ship's bow.[1] The construction workers reportedly treated it with "reverence usually accorded to religious relics," touching it as they walked by.[2]

On 9 September 2004, the Secretary of the Navy announced that two of her sister ships will be named Arlington and Somerset, also to commemorate the attacks [relating to the Pentagon and Flight 93].
The USS New York's motto: Never Forget.


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