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USS docked at Pier 88 NYC Veterans Week

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:

004 - 131108-N-UE577-225 NEW YORK CITY (Nov. 8, 2013) - Amphibious transport dock ship USS New York (LPD 21) is honored by a water cannon display as she passes the Statue of Liberty in transit to New York City. New York departed Naval Station Norfolk to conduct training and participate in Veterans Week New York City to honor the service of our nation's veterans. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Andrew B. Church/RELEASED)

004 – 131108-N-UE577-225 NEW YORK CITY (Nov. 8, 2013) – Amphibious transport dock ship USS New York (LPD 21) is honored by a water cannon display as she passes the Statue of Liberty in transit to New York City. New York departed Naval Station Norfolk to conduct training and participate in Veterans Week New York City to honor the service of our nation’s veterans. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Andrew B. Church/RELEASED)

002 - 131108-N-XQ474-108 NEW YORK CITY (Nov. 8, 2013) - A Sailor and Marine man the rails of Amphibious transport dock ship USS New York (LPD 21) as she transits past the statue of liberty on her way to New York City. New York departed Naval Station Norfolk to conduct training and participate in Veterans Week New York City to honor the service of our nation's veterans. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Andrew Schneider/RELEASED)

003 - 131108-N-UE577-306 NEW YORK CITY (Nov. 8, 2013) - Sailors and Marines aboard amphibious transport dock ship USS New York (LPD 21) pay tribute as the ship passes Freedom Tower. New York departed Naval Station Norfolk to conduct training and participate in Veterans Week New York City to honor the service of our nation's veterans. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Andrew B. Church/RELEASED)

003 – 131108-N-UE577-306 NEW YORK CITY (Nov. 8, 2013) – Sailors and Marines aboard amphibious transport dock ship USS New York (LPD 21) pay tribute as the ship passes Freedom Tower. New York departed Naval Station Norfolk to conduct training and participate in Veterans Week New York City to honor the service of our nation’s veterans. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Andrew B. Church/RELEASED)

005- 131108-N-UE577-059 NEW YORK CITY (Nov. 8, 2013) - Sailors and Marines assigned to amphibious transport dock ship USS New York (LPD 21) man the rails in transit to New York City. New York departed Naval Station Norfolk to conduct training and participate in Veterans Week New York City to honor the service of our nation's veterans. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Andrew B. Church/RELEASED)

005- 131108-N-UE577-059 NEW YORK CITY (Nov. 8, 2013) – Sailors and Marines assigned to amphibious transport dock ship USS New York (LPD 21) man the rails in transit to New York City. New York departed Naval Station Norfolk to conduct training and participate in Veterans Week New York City to honor the service of our nation’s veterans. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Andrew B. Church/RELEASED)

USS New York (LP 21) Special features:

612 Metal from World Trade Center – Image courtesy of  Ken Kraetzer, Flickr.

612 Metal from World Trade Center – Image courtesy of Ken Kraetzer, Flickr.

•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.”

649 9-11 Plaque – Image courtesy of  Ken Kraetzer

649 9-11 Plaque – Image courtesy of Ken Kraetzer

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.

Screenshot USS New York returning to NYC Veterans Week 11082013 004

Screenshot USS New York returning to NYC Veterans Week 11082013 004

Screenshot USS New York returning to NYC Veterans Week 11082013 003

Screenshot USS New York returning to NYC Veterans Week 11082013 003

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Screenshot USS New York returning to NYC Veterans Week 11082013 002

USS New York docks NY for Veterans Week - Image courtesy of KurtVonD, Flickr.

USS New York docks NY for Veterans Week – Image courtesy of KurtVonD, Flickr.

USS New York Memorial 911 Never forget

USS New York Memorial 911 Never forget

Tidbit:

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.

Sources:
USS NEW YORK (LPD 21), Facebook
USS New York (LPD 21)
Ken Kraetzer, Flickr
KurtVonD, Flickr

LINKS:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/USS-NEW-YORK-LPD-21/113468238587
http://www.ussnewyork.com/index.html
http://www.flickr.com/photos/grumpyff/10800981175/
http://www.flickr.com/search/?q=uss+new+york&d=taken-20131108-20131111&ct=0&mt=all&adv=1
http://www.flickr.com/photos/kgkraetzer/10799012945/in/photolist-hsgLjn-hsgVRt-hshs65-hsihRR-hshw5N-hshUnx-hshwk7-hshhBL-hshSQV-hsi6zT-hsi3na-hshnfy-hsi6RV-hsiaFZ-hsikaP-hsh38s-hsgM8h-hsh3zD-hshrcG-hsgSo6-hshkcA-hshZjX-hsgTLX-hshHFd-hshqhW-hsgKus-hshS6Z-hs
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