Tuesday, April 04, 2006
24 tons of scrap steel from the World Trade Centers will create a new amphibious assault ship the USS New York (LPD 21). Not only has the WTC been reborn, they have already overcome two disasters. The steel survived the collapse of the WTC and Hurricane Katrina! USS New York (LPD 21) is about 45% complete and should be ready for action by mid-2007. The ship has even inspired its builders, many of whom lost their homes to Hurricane Katrina, to come back to work quickly to finish the ship on time.
"Their dedication and devotion to duty has been, to say the least, epic," Philip Teel, a vice president for Northrop Grumman Corp. and head of its ship systems division, told a Navy League dinner audience in New York on March 22. "It sounds trite, but I saw it in their eyes," Teel said in a separate interview. "These are very patriotic people, and the fact that the ship has steel from the trade center is a source of great pride. They view it as something incredibly special. They're building it for the nation." The USS New York's very fitting motto is "Never Forget," a slogan among New Yorkers since Sept. 11.