USS New York

This is a terrific story that for some reason I hadn’t heard about: “Warship built out of Twin Towers wreckage”:

[A] ship has begun to rise from the ashes of the September 11 terrorist attacks.
Bringing together America’s two great calamities of the 21st century, the USS New York is being built in New Orleans with 24 tonnes of steel taken from the collapsed World Trade Centre.

[T]he girders taken from Ground Zero have been treated with a reverence usually accorded to religious relics. After a brief ceremony in 2003, about seven tonnes of steel were melted down and poured into a cast to make the bow section of the ship’s hull.

Some shipworkers say the hairs stood up on the backs of their necks the first time they touched it. Others have postponed their retirement so they can be part of the project.

One worker, Tony Quaglino, said: “I was going to go in October 2004 after 40 years here, but I put it off when I found out I could be working on New York. This is sacred and it makes me very proud.”

The USS New York will be a 684-foot-long amphibious assault vehicle that can land up to 700 Marines pretty much anywhere. Two more ships of the same class are scheduled to join the USS New York in the Navy: the USS Arlington, named for the location of the Pentagon, and USS Somerset, in memory of Somerset County, Pennsylvania, where the passengers crashed United Flight 93.

Via Power Line News.


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