Apart from having some unique features the United State Navy’s fifth ship to be named after the state of New York, the ‘USS New York’ is special for a very different reason. The fifth San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock is extraordinary for using a symbolic amount of steel salvaged from the World Trade Center after it was destroyed in the September 11 attacks.
‘USS New York’ has a crew of 360 and can carry up to 700 Marines.
The ship is the first to be designed fully from the CAD-screen up to support all of the Marines’ primary mobility capabilities—Landing Craft Air Cushion and MV-22B Osprey.
Following the horrific terrorist attack on the World Trade Centre on 11 September 2001, George E. Pataki , the Governor of New York wrote a letter to the Secretary of the Navy Gordon R. England asking the navy to bestow the name ‘New York’ to one of its warships involved in the battle against terrorism in honour of the victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks, according to Wikipedia, reported The Vintage News.
Shortly after this, the contract of building ‘New York’ was given to the Northrop Grumman Ship Systems of New Orleans, Louisiana, in 2003.
7.5 short tonnes of the steel used in constructing the ship came from the rubble of the World Trade Center.