As a tribute to remember the victims and the promise to Never Forget 9/11, the USS New York was constructed using the same steel that was hit by terrorists all those years ago. If you ask any American that was of a viable age where they were on September 11, 2001, you’ll get a range of answers, but you’ll also be hard-pressed to find someone who doesn’t remember.
It was a day that no one wanted to happen, but it remains unforgettable and burned into the hearts and minds of Americans forever. The victims were many, and the heroes were, as well. We came together in a manner unlike any other time in the history of our nation. The USS New York honors that legacy.
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Is the USS New York Built From Twin Towers?
Yes, the USS New York has a bow featuring 7.5 tons of steel that was forged from the wreckage of the World Trade Center. In the aftermath of one of the darkest days in U.S. history, the steel was collected and used on the USS New York as a way to pay tribute and honor the victims of that fateful day. Once a target of terrorism, the materials now help keep America and the rest of the world safe from terrorists around the globe.
After finding the steel in a Staten Island landfill, the Navy soon realized that it could be used to construct the bow of a ship. It was sent down to Amite, LA, where it was cast and smelted into a bow for a San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock. This ship would be named after New York and is the fifth ship to be named after the state.
The World Trade Center Ship and Other Memorial Ships
Submarines are the ships that the U.S. Navy will usually name after states, and when it came to picking a way to honor the victims of 9/11, the Navy wasted no time deciding to name ships after the areas that were affected. This is how the USS New York, USS Arlington, and USS Somerset came to be.
But the Navy realized that these ships would bring in tours and crowds looking to explore and pay tribute to those who served and those who were lost in the attacks. For this reason, they decided to name surface ships after these places, as touring submarines is quite difficult.
The USS New York Is More Than a Ship
Known as “A City on the Sea,” the USS New York continues the legacy of those who were lost in the World Trade Center. We’ve discovered that the ship is named after one of the states and cities attacked, as well as the fact that it was constructed using steel from the Twin Towers, but there are more ways this ship continues to live as a floating memorial. Here are some of the additional ways the USS New York remembers the fallen:
- One of the most trafficked passageways on the ship features a steel plate that was recovered directly from the rubble of the World Trade Center.
- There is a firefighters’ helmet to remind Sailors and visitors alike of the bravery those heroes showed by rushing into the rubble on that fateful day.
- Each day, a victim is honored by the ship’s Chaplin during the daily prayer ritual.
The USS New York is a legacy for all of the lives lost at the World Trade Center on 9/11, a constant reminder of those lost and the heroes who worked selflessly to rescue others during challenging times. The chaos of that day will not be forgotten, and this ship is a fitting tribute to an unspeakable tragedy.
The USS New York Is Coming Home
It’s official! The USS New York is returning home to NYC to participate in the annual 2023 Veterans Day celebrations hosted from November 8-12.
The ship is scheduled to arrive at Pier 88 in Manhattan on Wednesday, November 8 around noon. While there, the ship will be open for the public to tour. Touring hours are from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. on Sunday, November 12.
Don’t have time for a tour but want to see the crew who is in charge of the operating this breathtaking ship? You’re in luck because the crew will be participating in New York City’s Veteran Day Parade and several other events happening in Manhattan.
Be sure to mark you calendars as this is a Veterans Day event you won’t want to miss.
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