USS New York (LPD 21)
History of USS NEW YORK
Through American history, there have been several warships named "NEW YORK." Learn the part each one played in establishing America's legacy of defending freedom.

Battleship (BB 34)

In 1911, this battleship took the name "NEW YORK." Following flagship duty in WWI, she transferred to the Pacific, then back to the Atlantic in 1935. She supported the invasion of North Africa in 1942, returned to the Pacific for the bombardment of Iwo Jima, and was used in atomic tests after WWII. She was eventually decommissioned in 1946. She earned one battle star each for Iwo Jima, Okinawa and North Africa.

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Armored Cruiser (CA2)

Commissioned in 1893, she was serving as flagship of the U.S. South Atlantic squadron at the outbreak of the Spanish-American War. Assisting in the destruction of the Spanish fleet, she served as flagship of the Asiatic Fleet in the early 1900s before being renamed "SARATOGA." She played important roles in World Wars I and II and participated in atomic tests in 1946. She was decommissioned later that year.

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Screw Sloop

Destined never to serve, this steam-powered single-master started out as the "ONTARIO" in 1863, was renamed "NEW YORK" in 1869 and was sold in 1888 after never leaving port.


One of nine such vessels ordered by Congress after the War of 1812, this 74-gun USS NEW YORK was completed in 1825 but never saw active duty. Near the start of the Civil War, Union forces destroyed her rather than let it fall into the hands of Rebels approaching from Virginia.


Commanded by Captain Richard V. Morris, this 36-gun vessel was commissioned in October 1800. Along with five other frigates, she protected merchantmen en route to the Caribbean during a period of military tension with France in 1800-01. She saw action between 1802-03, only to be burned in harbor by the British at the culmination of the War of 1812.


Commissioned by General Benedict Arnold in 1776, the first NEW YORK was a gondola featuring one 12 and two 9 pounder cannons. She also had 8 swivel guns. She participated in the Battle of Valcour Island (Lake Champlain) on October 1776 but was burned two days later to avoid her capture by the British.

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