From the Steel of the
World Trade Center:
USS New York, LPD-21
It was built with 24 tons of scrap steel from the
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 September 9, 2003, "those big rough steelworkers treated it with total reverence," recalled Navy Capt. Kevin Wensign, who was there. "It was a spiritual moment for everybody there."
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 coming back."
The ship's motto? "Never Forget"
and never shall we forget the
First World Trade Center Bombing
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