From flight deck to crew quarters, the LPD of the 21st century is state-of-the-art in design and technology, superseding four older classes of amphibious landing craft.
In fact, the vessel you see in New York harbor today is the latest in a long line of warships named for the state and city of New York (Click on 'Other Former USS NEW YORKs' tab, above).
She is one of three new amphibious assault ships named after places in three states where more than 3,000 people were murdered in the infamous terrorist attack of September 11, 2001.
Still in construction are the other two: the soon-to-be USS ARLINGTON (LPD-24) named for the Virginia county in which the Pentagon is located, and the USS SOMERSET (LPD-25) named for the Pennsylvania county where American Airlines Flight 93 crashed into a field.
All three ships will go to sea with steel in their bows that was salvaged and re-formed from all three terrorist attack sites: LPD-24's from the Pentagon building's structural girders, LPD-25's from the meltdown of a crane used to excavate the airliner wreckage.
The lead ship in the LPD series, USS SAN ANTONIO (LPD-17), was followed into the Navy fleet by USS NEW ORLEANS (LPD-18), USS MESA VERDE (LPD-19), USS GREEN BAY (LPD-20) and USS SAN DIEGO (LPD-22).
Compared to previous USS NEW YORKs, each of these modern-day ships is a swift and agile giant. LPD-21, for example, cruises significantly faster and her waterline is 111 feet longer than the long-ago decommissioned battleship USS NEW YORK (BB-34).
As force-projection platforms, USS NEW YORK and her sister LPDs are designed and equipped to operate with maximum stealth and tactical flexibility. Her components include...
- The V-22 tilt-rotor Osprey aircraft
- Three types of helicopters
- 14 expeditionary fighting vehicles (EFVs) and/or several air-cushioned landing craft (LCACs) for across-the-beach deployments of U.S. Marine Corps and Special Forces personnel.
Assembled in various combinations, this "mobility triad" is uniquely adaptable to a variety of modern-day combat situations, making USS NEW YORK and her sister LPDs unrivaled in their responsiveness and defensive capabilities.
Special features of USS NEW YORK (LPD-21):
- Her bow stem includes seven and a half tons of steel recovered from the World Trade Center's twin towers
- Construction with World Trade Center steel encouraged by Governor George Pataki of New York State and Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York City
- Name given by then Secretary of the Navy Gordon England
- Her keel was laid in August 2004
- When Hurricane Katrina hit in August 2005, 1,200 shipyard workers opted to keep on working.
- She was christened at Northrop Grumman's Avondale, Louisiana shipyard on March 1, 2008
- Ship's motto: 'Strength forged through sacrifice. Never forget.'
The Ship's Crest
- Seven rays of sunlight signify the crown atop the Statue of Liberty and the seven seas.
- Central focus placed on the Twin Towers and the bow of the ship, forged from Twin Towers steel.
- Breastplate of the phoenix bears the colors of first responders from the New York Police Department, New York Fire Department, and Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
- Blood drops represent the fallen.
- Three stars for those earned by the battleship USS NEW YORK (BB34) in World War II at Iwo Jima, Okinawa and North Africa.
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