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Pics/Video: Here’s the US Navy ship built with World Trade Center steel after 9/11

The amphibious transport dock ship USS New York (LPD 21) arrives at Naval Station Norfolk Dec. 20, 2012. (Lolita Lewis/U.S. Navy)
September 11, 2021

For sailors aboard USS New York, the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, are more than just a memory, but every year they pay their respects to the victims and heroes of that fateful day like any other American.

USS New York (LPD-21) is a permanent memorial of the attacks in New York and made from more than 7 tons of steel recovered from the World Trade Center believed to be from the south tower, forging an enduring alliance between her and the people of New York.

Additionally, one of the most-used passageways displays a steel plate from Trade Center rubble and a firefighter’s helmet reminds sailors of the first responders who sprung into action and gave their lives.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio looks at a piece of steel pulled from the wreckage of the World Trade Center while visiting USS New York (LPD 21), Nov. 13, 2015. (Matthew A. Stroup/U.S. Navy)

Ready to fight in the ongoing counter-terror efforts, USS New York is much faster and more agile than previous incarnations. She cruises significantly faster and her waterline is 111 feet longer than the long-ago decommissioned battleship USS New York, a BB-34.

A piece of steel from the 9/11 attack on World Trade Center in New York City in the well deck of the amphibious transport dock ship USS New York (LPD 21) July 9, 2020. (Lyle Wilkie/U.S. Navy)

Certified in November 2009, USS New York had a very successful first year in commission, helping in the fight against America’s enemies using the same steel they destroyed.

She was underway for three months in the spring of 2010, supporting the Marines, Army and Navy SEALs as well as supporting gunnery and missile exercises.

Her Maiden Deployment came on March 26, 2012, as part of the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) manned, trained and equipped to perform the full range of MEU/ARG missions, and has boasted quite a career since then.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio with Commisioner of the Mayor’s Office of Veterans Affairs Dr. Loree Sutton during a visit to USS New York (LPD 21), Nov. 13, 2015.(Matthew A. Stroup/U.S. Navy)

USS New York served as Air Defense Commander for the IWO ARG as well as Sector Air Defense Commander, a task normally assigned to a Cruiser or Destroyer, in the sixth and fifth Fleet Areas of Responsibility.

Airmen aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS New York (LPD 21), paint a mural of the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center on the hangar bay door Feb. 20, 2015. (Jonathan B. Trejo/U.S. Navy)

Her exceptional Signals Intelligence Team collected more than 43,000 signals of interest and delivered 725 time-sensitive reports to Tactical Commanders and National Consumers.

An MV-22B Osprey assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 365 (Reinforced) takes off from USS New York (LPD 21) flight deck during flight operations Jan. 5, 2015. (Jonathan B. Trejo/U.S. Navy)

In 2012, she made port visits to Rota, Spain; LaSpezia and Naples, Italy; Aquaba, Jordan; Seychelles Island; and Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates.

USS New York sits in port in New York, Nov. 2, 2009. (Sgt. Randall Clinton/U.S. Marine Corps)

In June 2014, just days after returning to Mayport, she was surge-deployed, given only 48 hours notice, to support a classified high-priority counter-terrorism mission with a Special Operations Task Force and completed it successfully.

Marines and sailors salute the colors during the commissioning ceremony of USS New York held in New York City, Nov 7, 2009. (Cpl. Jesse Johnson/U.S. Marine Corps)

While remembering 9/11 is an annual day of recognition for civilians on the mainland, the sailors aboard this unique ship remember it every time they set their eyes on her nose or walk down a passageway.

Sailors raise the American flag on the amphibious transport dock ship USS New York (LPD 21) July 28, 2020. (Lyle Wilkie/U.S. Navy)

For sailors, daily prayers aboard the ship are longer and the chaplain dedicates each prayer to a victim of the attacks. It all makes forgetting the terrorist attacks impossible.