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Some WTC Steel to Help Navy "Fight Terror"

Postby StlSluggers » Tue Oct 16, 2007 3:08 pm

Say hello to the USS New York:

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Included in her construction is 24 tons of steel salvaged from the WTC after September 11th.

Wikipedia wrote:USS New York (LPD-21), a San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock, is the fifth ship of the United States Navy to be named for the state of New York. The ship is designed to deliver a fully-equipped battalion of 699 Marines.

Shortly after 11 September 2001, Governor of New York George E. Pataki wrote a letter to Secretary of the Navy Gordon England requesting that the Navy bestow the name USS New York on a surface warship involved in the War on Terror in honor of September 11's victims. In his letter, the Governor said he understood state names are currently reserved for submarines, but asked for special consideration so the name could be given to a surface ship. The request was approved 28 August 2002.

Oddly enough, a previous holder of the name, USS New York (BB-34), had its keel laid on September 11, 1911, exactly 90 years to the day before the WTC was attacked.

Twenty-four tons of the steel used in its construction came from the rubble of the World Trade Center, with seven tons melted down and cast to form the ship's "stem bar" — part of the ship's bow.[1] The shipyard workers reportedly treated it with "reverence usually accorded to religious relics",gently touching it as they walked by.[2]

On 9 September 2004, the Secretary of the Navy announced that two of her sister ships will be named Arlington and Somerset, in commemoration of the places two of the other planes used in the attack came down: Somerset, Pennsylvania and Arlington, Virginia.

The contract to build New York was awarded to Northrop Grumman Ship Systems of New Orleans, Louisiana in 2003.

The ship also survived Hurricane Katrina.
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Re: Some WTC Steel to Help Navy "Fight Terror"

Postby Tavish » Tue Oct 16, 2007 4:04 pm

StlSluggers wrote:
Wikipedia wrote:Twenty-four tons of the steel used in its construction came from the rubble of the World Trade Center, with seven tons melted down and cast to form the ship's "stem bar" — part of the ship's bow.[1] The shipyard workers reportedly treated it with "reverence usually accorded to religious relics",gently touching it as they walked by.[2]

Leave it to us to turn something we look at with reverence into a lean, mean, war machine.
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Re: Some WTC Steel to Help Navy "Fight Terror"

Postby Madison » Tue Oct 16, 2007 6:46 pm

Tavish wrote:
StlSluggers wrote:
Wikipedia wrote:Twenty-four tons of the steel used in its construction came from the rubble of the World Trade Center, with seven tons melted down and cast to form the ship's "stem bar" — part of the ship's bow.[1] The shipyard workers reportedly treated it with "reverence usually accorded to religious relics",gently touching it as they walked by.[2]

Leave it to us to turn something we look at with reverence into a lean, mean, war machine.


Yup, now let's see what that bad boy can do. ;-D
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Re: Some WTC Steel to Help Navy "Fight Terror"

Postby AcidRock23 » Thu Oct 18, 2007 8:49 am

That's a nice gesture.

At the same time though, it seems sort of ironic that we are fighting the 'War on Terror' in renowned maritime powers Afghanistan and Iraq, who enjoy 58 km of coastline between them. I guess that there are terrorists in the Philippines and pirates in the Straits of Malacca and other, more aquatic places but we aren't exactly swinging into action there at this time. :-?
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Re: Some WTC Steel to Help Navy "Fight Terror"

Postby brewcrew4you » Thu Oct 18, 2007 12:07 pm

AcidRock23 wrote:That's a nice gesture.

At the same time though, it seems sort of ironic that we are fighting the 'War on Terror' in renowned maritime powers Afghanistan and Iraq, who enjoy 58 km of coastline between them. I guess that there are terrorists in the Philippines and pirates in the Straits of Malacca and other, more aquatic places but we aren't exactly swinging into action there at this time. :-?


Close enough for a cruise missle works for me.
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Re: Some WTC Steel to Help Navy "Fight Terror"

Postby AcidRock23 » Thu Oct 18, 2007 9:24 pm

brewcrew4you wrote:
AcidRock23 wrote:That's a nice gesture.

At the same time though, it seems sort of ironic that we are fighting the 'War on Terror' in renowned maritime powers Afghanistan and Iraq, who enjoy 58 km of coastline between them. I guess that there are terrorists in the Philippines and pirates in the Straits of Malacca and other, more aquatic places but we aren't exactly swinging into action there at this time. :-?


Close enough for a cruise missle works for me.


That's certainly a good point but, for the cost of a ship, we could likely buy a whole bunch o' cruise missles and put more warheads on targets delivering them from good old B52s... ;-D
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Re: Some WTC Steel to Help Navy "Fight Terror"

Postby bleach168 » Thu Oct 18, 2007 11:30 pm

AcidRock23 wrote:
brewcrew4you wrote:
AcidRock23 wrote:That's a nice gesture.

At the same time though, it seems sort of ironic that we are fighting the 'War on Terror' in renowned maritime powers Afghanistan and Iraq, who enjoy 58 km of coastline between them. I guess that there are terrorists in the Philippines and pirates in the Straits of Malacca and other, more aquatic places but we aren't exactly swinging into action there at this time. :-?


Close enough for a cruise missle works for me.


That's certainly a good point but, for the cost of a ship, we could likely buy a whole bunch o' cruise missles and put more warheads on targets delivering them from good old B52s... ;-D


There are plenty of countries the ship would be useful against. Plus imagine all the humanitarian missions it could do that cruise missiles can't.
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