A brutal blow
From a foe.
Awoke a gentle giant.
With hatred fused.
Our planes were used
Like daggers while they chanted.
Hundreds of lives
They stole that day.
Of every religion and color.
Awakened to war.
On land ,sea, and shore.
Defending Americas honor.
Transforming the ruins into a ship.
That will hunt them down and we'll
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 that 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
rough steelworkers treated it with total reverence,' recalled Navy Capt. Kevin
who was there. 'It was a spiritual moment for everybody there.'
Junior Chavers, foundry operations manager, said that when the trade center steel
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'
She will be arriving in NY harbor on Nov 1, 2009 and commissioned in the US Navy
If you are planning a trip to NY, you will be able to tour the ship during that week.