Thursday, January 04, 2007

"Never Forget"......the Baddest of the "Bad"

(go ahead, click to enlarge)
USS New York

Vinberg of Scottsdale sent this to me, his daughter serves in the Navy and has been for approx. 15+ years

The USS New York 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 big rough steelworkers treated it with total reverence," recalled Navy Capt. Kevin Wensing, 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 going to be back."

The ship's motto? "Never Forget"


At 9:06 AM, Blogger Brooke said...

Awesome! I haven't seen a picture of her (outside of concept drawings) until now!

At 11:16 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Joe

Heather left today for Iraq on the U.S.S. Bataan. Pics to follow.


At 7:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I noticed one peculiar thing about the ships' hull number. If you look very carefully, there is a thin coat of haze gray over the hull number and I think that has to do with low profiling of the ship to dull out any missile tracking capabilities.


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