New York City, NY
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. 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 USS New York was commissioned on November 07, 2009,
which marked her entry into the United States Navy. The ceremony was
held in New York City.
Seven rays of sunlight signify both the crown atop the Statue of
Liberty and the seven seas.
Central focus placed on the Twin Towers and the
bow of the ship, forged from the towers' steel.
Breastplate of the phoenix bears the colors of
first responders from the New York Police Department, New York Fire
Department, and Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
Blood drops represent the fallen.
Three stars for those earned by the battleship
USS NEW YORK (BB34) in World War II at Iwo Jima, Okinawa and North