The USS New York constructed at Northrop Grumman Ship Systems’ shipyard in Avondale, LA, built with 7 1/2 tons of steel from the World Trade Center and commissioned on November 7, 2009 arrived in New York City this past Saturday in honor of Veterans week.
The USS NEW YORK (LPD-21), the fifth amphibious transport dock of the San Antonio class
will be used to transport and land Marines, their equipment and supplies, by embarked air cushion or conventional landing craft and Expeditionary Fighting Vehicles amphibious assault vehicles, augmented by helicopters or vertical take off and landing aircraft. USS NEW YORK will support amphibious assault, special operations, or expeditionary warfare missions throughout the first half of the 21st Century.
USS New York ARRIVING:
USS New York (LP 21) Special features:
•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.”
USS New York (LP 21) Characteristics:
Length 684 feet (208.5 meters)
Beam 105 feet (31.9 meters)
Displacement Approximately 24,900 tons full load
Speed In excess of 22 knots (24.2 mph)
Aircraft Four CH-46 Sea Knight helicopters or two MV-22 Osprey tilt rotor aircraft may
be launched or recovered simultaneously. The ship’s hangar can store 1-2
aircraft. Armament Two 30 mm Close-in-uns, for surface threat defense; two
Rolling Airframe Missile launchers for air defense
Landing Craft Two LCACs (air cushion) or one LCU (conventional)
EFVs 14 Marine Corps Expeditionary Fighting Vehicles
Power plant Four Colt-Pielstick diesel engines, two shafts, 40,000 Hp
Crew 360 Sailors (28 officers, 332 enlisted), three Marines
Troops 699 (66 officers, 633 enlisted); surge to 800 total.
LPD 17 Class San Antonio (LPD 17), New Orleans (LPD 18), Mesa Verde (LPD 19),
Green Bay (LPD 20), New York (LPD 21), San Diego (LPD 22),
Anchorage (LPD 23), Arlington (LPD 24), and Somerset (LPD 25).
Dates: New York’s keel was laid on 10 September 2004 and the ship was commissioned USS NEW YORK (LPD-21) in New York City on November 7, 2009. Mrs Dotty England, wife of Deputy Secretary of Defense Gordon England, is the sponsor.
About the USS NEW YORK (LPD 21) Ship’s Crest
•Seven rays of sunlight signify both the crown atop the Statue of Liberty and the seven seas
•Central focus placed on the Twin Towers and the bow of the ship, forged from the towers’ steel
•Breastplate of the phoenix bears the colors of first responders from the New York Police Department, New York Fire Department, and Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
•Blood drops represent the fallen
•Three stars for those earned by the battleship USS NEW YORK (BB34) in World War II at Iwo Jima, Okinawa and North Africa
Published on Youtube Nov 8, 2013
USS New York (LPD 21) returns to New York City for Veterans’ Week NYC 2013, honoring the service and sacrifice of all American veterans. Named for the victims, families and first responders of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, USS New York, with 7.5 tons of World Trade Center steel in her bow, was commissioned into active service in New York City on Nov. 7, 2009.
Sailors and Marines from the USS New York will take part in a broad swath of activities including interaction with local students, cross-training with New York-based firefighters and police, attending Veterans Week remembrances and galas, and marching in America’s Parade.
At least six United States Navy ships have borne the name New York, i.e., Gondola: USS New York, Frigate: USS New York, Ship-of-the-Line: USS New York, Armored Cruiser: USS New York, Battleship: USS New York and Amphibious Transport Dock: USS New York.