USS New York
It was built with 24 tons of scrap
steel from the World Trade
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
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
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'