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USS New York

It was built with 24 tons of scrap steel from the World Trade Center
It is the fifth in a new class of warship - designed for missions th at 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.
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.'
Junior Chavers, foundry operations manager, said that when the trade center steel first arrived, he touched it with his hand and the 'hair on my neck stood up.' 'It had a big meaning to it for all of us,' he said. 'They knocked us down. They can't keep us down. We're going to be back.'
The ship's motto? 'Never Forget'
 

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I can honestly tell you that I served in the Navy (and still do proudly) in NYC on an ATFP mission in both 2005 and 2006 and was honored to do work the with NYPD. They let us know that during the days after 9/11 they began to feel safe once the Navy arrived off Manhatten. The New York is a fitting tribute to those who were lost may she wreak havoc on the perpertrators of those crimes.
GO NAVY!
 
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