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    Ship built with WTC steel christened

    By BECKY BOHRER, Associated Press Writer 37 minutes ago

    The USS New York, an amphibious assault ship built with scrap steel from the ruins of the World Trade Center, was christened Saturday as a source of strength and inspiration for the nation.

    Thousands of people, including friends and families of those who died in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, gathered near the hulking gray ship, trimmed in red, white and blue banners.

    The bow stem, which contains 7.5 tons of steel from the site, bore a shield with two gray bars to symbolize the twin towers and a banner over that declaring "Never Forget," a slogan among New Yorkers.

    "May God bless this ship and all who sail on her," ship sponsor Dotty England said before smashing a bottle of champagne against it, producing a loud thump to go with the spurting liquid and flying streamers.

    Story after story of lives lost in, and touched by, the attacks peppered the ceremony, held under the blazing sun and broadcast on large screens. It all brought back painful memories for New York Police Lt. Matt Murphy. But the reason for his being here, though, was a source of pride, he said.

    "I tell you, it's a fantastic day. Sometimes you think you're over something," he said, his eyes welling up as he looked off toward the ship, "and then you realize you're not completely."

    Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England told the crowd that ship names provide a legacy, and that for their crews they serve as a source of strength and inspiration.

    When the attacks occurred, the ship was planned but had no name. Then-New York Gov. George Pataki asked the Navy to commemorate the disaster by reviving the name New York. That required an exception to Navy policy of assigning state names only to nuclear submarines.

    The steel from the towers is now part of the ship that splices through the water, leading the way.

    "It resurrects the ashes, so to speak, to do great things for our nation," said Bill Glenn, a spokesman for Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding, the ship builder.

    Along with the steel from one of the worst terrorist attacks in the U.S., it also survived one of the nation's worst natural disasters: Hurricane Katrina.

    The ship motivated many of the Avondale shipyard workers to return to the job, even though many lost their homes in the 2005 storm.

    The billion-dollar, 25,000-ton vessel is 684 feet long, 105 feet wide. It is the fifth in a new class of warship, designed for missions that include special operations against terrorists. It can carry a crew of about 360 sailors and 700 combat-ready Marines to be delivered ashore by helicopters and assault craft.

    USS New York's prospective commanding officer is Cmdr. F. Curtis Jones, a native New Yorker. It is to be commissioned, essentially added to the fleet, next year. It could be used as part of peaceful missions or as part of war, said Adm. Gary Roughead, the Navy's chief of operations.

    That it could be used in war did not bother Lee Ielpi, president of the September 11th Families' Association, whose son, Jonathan, a firefighter, died in the attacks. The ship won't be used for war "unless you bother us," he said in an interview.

    "We're sending a message that we're standing strong," he said, adding: "This ship, as it cuts through the water, is going to send a ripple. That ripple will say, 'We cherish our freedom.'"

    Rep. Vito Fossella, R-N.Y., said Sept. 11 was a turning point in the nation, and will never be forgotten because remnants of the disaster are part of the ship.

    "If the USS New York has to follow Osama bin Laden to the gates of hell, PCO Jones and his crew ... have my full support," he said to a standing ovation.

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    My son did a book report on this ship just this past week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob_R View Post
    My son did a book report on this ship just this past week.
    very proud of all involved, but most of all to the people of my state to build this amazing ship....after everything that we have gone through too..

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    That's awesome!!!

    USS New York keepin our country safe in the spirit of those lost!!

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    that picture is a computer similation, ain't a real photo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LOC View Post
    that picture is a computer similation, ain't a real photo.
    And how did you come to that conclusion genious? Looks real enough to me. I even saw it on the news today
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    Anyways, very very cool.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LOC View Post
    that picture is a computer similation, ain't a real photo.
    Yup, it's an artist's rendering. Possibly I'm just getting cynical in my old age, yet even the following photo has an odd, "fake" vibe to it, as do the pictures from the celebration...



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    Quote Originally Posted by LOC View Post
    that picture is a computer similation, ain't a real photo.

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    Don't get me wrong, I LOVE the idea of the ship!

    I would LOVE to hear of that ship being used to kill members of al-queda..
    The whole concept is so American, and so right ON...

    Cut down MY tree?!?
    I'll use the wood to make a baseball bat & kick your ass with it!!!!

    You take down our building?
    We'll turn the scrap metal into a big ship & bomb you back to the stone age!!


    Sweet, very sweet.

    All these articles though,
    and almost NONE of 'em even had an actual picture of the thing.
    a little tail-waggin' if ya ask me...
    very 'staged' feeling,
    like it's just some huge publicity stunt designed to take your mind off the fact that
    we are SO barking up the wrong tree in Iraq,
    and should be kickin a whole 'nother kind of ass...
    like telling Palestine & Israel they have exactly 1 week to get everyone to cease fire & learn to CO-exist,
    or we'll do like parents of 2 kids fighting over the same toy...
    Bomb the entire toy store to the ground, so NONE of the kids can play with it anymore.

    btw, ThaiBoxer, check your attitude, PAL.

    If you think that first photo is real, then I guess YOU'RE the 'genius', eh?
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    The water looks real in the first picture, but the ship has kind of an unreal look to it (but how did they generate the wake). Also would there be crew on deck at any given time (there don't appear to be any in the picture). Also the ship's number is 17 in the first picture, 21 in the second?

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    080301-N-6528P-005 AVONDALE, La. (Mar. 1, 2008) Retired New York City firefighter Ron Parker takes a photograph of the audience with the amphibious transport dock USS New York (LPD 21) in the background during the christening ceremony for the New York at Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding New Orleans. The bow of the New York is built with metal recovered from the World Trade Center site. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class David Poe (Released)

 

 

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