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    Navy News- New Ship- New York - Never Forget
    World Trade Center Steel is Shaped into PCU New York
    Story Number: NNS030912-06
    Release Date: 9/12/2003 11:20:00 AM



    From Chief Journalist Grover Hardman, Commander Naval Reserve Force Public Affairs

    AMITE, La. (NNS) -- Hot, molten steel splattered in a colorful display of natural fireworks, as the bow stem was recently formed for PCU New York (LPD 21) at a Louisiana foundry.

    Twenty tons of steel salvaged from the remains of the World Trade Center in the aftermath of terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, was melted and poured into a mold to form the first component for the amphibious transport dock named in honor of the Empire State.

    “A piece of our city will travel the world in democracy and freedom,” former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani wrote in a letter read at the ceremony.

    Dotty England, wife of former Secretary of the Navy Gordon England, was given the honor of pulling the lever to pour the molten steel. She is the ship’s sponsor.

    “For all who will serve on USS New York, and for all who suffered from the attacks of 9-11, let us never forget,” she said as the steel was poured into the mold.

    Among those attending the ceremony were several Sailors from New York City. Yeoman 2nd Class Richard Torrens lives in the Bronx and lost a niece when the Twin Towers collapsed.

    “This means a lot to New York,” Torrens said. “To some, it is closure. This is an excellent symbol to let the terrorists know we’re not giving up.”

    When New York is commissioned in four years, it will be the fifth ship of the new San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ships. The ships will replace the older LPD-4 class with increased vehicle and substantial cargo carrying capacity. It will be a key element of 21st Century Amphibious Ready Groups, Expeditionary Strike Groups or Joint Task Forces.

    The ships integrate the latest shipbuilding and war-fighting technologies to support current and future Marine Corps aircraft, the Advanced Amphibious Assault Vehicles (AAAVs) and air cushion or conventional landing craft.

    The design incorporates state-of-the-art self-defense capabilities; Command and Control, Communications, Computers, and Intelligence (C4I); and reduced radar cross-section signature technologies. Reduced operational costs and an improved capability to incorporate technological advances over its 40-year service life, are also essential design objectives.

    An additional 21,000 pounds of steel salvaged from the World Trade Center is being stored and will be made into anchor-handling castings.

    http://www.news.navy.mil/search/dis...p?story_id=9500

    For related news, visit the Commander Naval Reserve Force Navy NewsStand page at www.news.navy.mil/local/nrf.

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