Monday, August 24, 2009
The Navy took delivery of the USS New York, a $1 billion amphibious assault vessel with a bow containing 7 1/2 tons of steel salvaged from the rubble of the World Trade Center. Northrop Grumman Corp. turned over the ship in a ceremony at its Avondale shipyard. The vessel will sail down the Mississippi River Oct. 13 bound for New York, where it be commissioned into the fleet as the USS New York in November.The USS New York, the fifth in a series of LPD-17 class ships delivered to the Navy, passed its sea trials last month in the Gulf of Mexico. It has a crew of 360 sailors and can carry up to 800 Marines.