|About The USS New York LPD-21|
The history of naming US Navy ships "New York" goes back to the Revolution and has a proud heritage that continues today. USS New York (LPD-21) is the fifth ship in the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock, and the sixth ship of the USS Navy to be named after the Great Sate of New York. The USS New York is state of the art and built by Northrop Grumman Ship Systems of New Orleans, Louisiana. The contract was awarded in 2003 and she was christened on March 01, 2008 at Avondale Shipyards in New Orleans by the former Secretary of the Navy, Gordon England's wife and ships sponsor Dotty England.
Three San Antonio Class warships will be named to commorate the tragic events of September 11, 2001, when 2,760 people lost their lives in New York City. The other two ships will be named USS ARLINGTON (LPD-24) and USS SOMERSET (LPD-25). The contract for SOMERSET was awarded December 21, 2007, and construction will begin later this year. A special tribute to the people that died on 9/11 is the 7 1/2 tons of steel recovered from the World Trade Center and cast as USS NEW YORK's bow stem.
The ship is the first to be designed fully from the CAD-screen up to support all three of the Marines' primary mobility capabilities — the Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle (EFV), Landing Craft Air Cushion and MV-22B Osprey.
The New York was christened on 1 March 2008, in a ceremony at Avondale Shipyard in New Orleans. Dotty England, the ship’s sponsor, smashed the traditional champagne bottle on the ship’s bow and christened the ship the New York. Several dignitaries were in attendance, including Louisiana Congressman William J. Jefferson, Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon R. England, members of the New York City Police Department and the New York City Fire Department, and family members of September 11 victims. The champagne bottle did not break the first time it was struck against the hull of the ship, but the second attempt was successful.
The USS New York was commissioned on November 07, 2009, this marked her entry into the United States Navy and will be held in New York City.
Photos taken at berth, Pier 88, on Manhattan's 12th Ave. at W. 48th St, New York, New York, October 8, 2009, 11:30 am.
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