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December 26th, 2002, 03:35 PM
Where are the victims families on this??? *Is this not sacred steal that must be preserved to remind us of 9/11??? *

http://www.newsday.com/news/local/newyork/ny-bc-ny--ussnewyork1225dec25,0,1330497.story?coll=ny%2Dnyne ws%2Dreddots%2Dheadlines

December 27th, 2002, 04:18 AM
It is kind of ghoulish, it is kind of patriotic, *but most of all it is economical. *Ready made steel, ripe for the picking, *if you were in charge, could you turn it down? I am not trying to be difficult, I am stating what most corporations and government agencies think about. *Money is the highest priority! *It always boils down to that fact. Money!Money! Money!*Money!

December 27th, 2002, 07:47 AM
Quote: from amigo32 on 4:18 am on Dec. 27, 2002
It is kind of ghoulish, it is kind of patriotic, *but most of all it is economical. *Ready made steel, ripe for the picking, *if you were in charge, could you turn it down? I am not trying to be difficult, I am stating what most corporations and government agencies think about. *Money is the highest priority! *It always boils down to that fact. Money!Money! Money!*Money!

I was more or less being sarcastic. *I'm perfectly fine with the WTC steel being used for a warship, especially one that is named USS New York. *Now that is a fitting memorial, instead of 16 acres of grassland.

December 27th, 2002, 08:02 AM
If it had been used on a USS New York spaceship it would have served mankind in some. Being a warship doesn't sound very appropriate to me.

December 27th, 2002, 06:10 PM
Quote: from Jan on 8:02 am on Dec. 27, 2002
If it had been used on a USS New York spaceship it would have served mankind in some. Being a warship doesn't sound very appropriate to me.

And why is that???

December 27th, 2002, 08:36 PM
OK. *I see what your saying, Evan. *I kind of have to agree.

December 30th, 2002, 11:53 PM
"If it had been used on a USS New York spaceship it would have served mankind in some. Being a warship doesn't sound very appropriate to me."

I totally agree. A tragic place lending steel to a ship made to wage war is just a double tragedy.

A noble human endevor like space exploration would be much more fitting.

December 31st, 2002, 12:06 AM
Perhaps they could use the steel in multiple projects, such as a space ship.

August 18th, 2005, 09:01 PM
How comforting is THAT for a sailor? A boat made out of a successful target.

August 19th, 2005, 04:57 PM
I think it would actually inspire the sailors rather than make them nervous of being on a ship made from wtc steel, i doubt that thought will be in any of their minds.

October 24th, 2007, 01:04 AM
NavSource Online: LPD-21 New York (http://www.navsource.org/archives/10/09/0921.htm)

October 24th, 2007, 01:45 AM
"On September 2001, our nation's enemies brought their fight to New York; the USS New York will now bring the fight to our nation's enemies well into the future."

Anyone know the exact date when she'll be launched? It can't be long.

Gregory Tenenbaum
October 29th, 2007, 06:01 AM
Great idea.

November 3rd, 2007, 11:46 PM
LOL @ the rendering! The birdcage LIVES! :)


October 29th, 2009, 06:30 AM
USS New York: Navy's new ship, made with World Trade Center steel, to dock in city on Monday

BY Stephanie Gaskell

October 29th 2009

The Navy assault ship USS New York sails through the Mississippi River after departing Northrop Grumman Ship Systems in Avondale, La.

In this photo provided by the U.S. Navy, members of the Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base New Orleans honor guard render honors USS New York.

It's the pride of the Navy - and it's finally heading our way.
The New York, made with 7.5 tons of steel from the wrecked World Trade Center, is leaving its home port of Norfolk Naval Station on Thursday for its maiden voyage to New York City.

"The excitement is huge," said Navy spokesman Chief Scott Boyle. "The ship and the crew have been building up to this point for a couple years."
The ship, a San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock, has a crew of 360 - including dozens of New Yorkers. The ship's captain, Cmdr. Curtis Jones, is from Binghamton.

"The New York ties and the emotions that come with this ship, it's almost like a homecoming for the crew," Boyle said.

The bow of the $1 billion ship was forged with steel recovered from the rubble at Ground Zero.

One of its main missions is to transport Marines - it can carry an entire battalion and their equipment, including a 38-ton amphibious assault vehicle, landing craft and an MV-22 Osprey aircraft.

The New York will sail past the World Trade Center site on Monday and dock next to the Intrepid on Manhattan's West Side. The ship will be commissioned Nov. 7.

"Commissioning any ship is a really intense experience. This one is kind of double," Boyle said.

Thousands of New Yorkers, including cops and firefighters who responded to the attacks, are expected to welcome the ship as it sails up the Hudson River next week.

"We really believe that our fallen brothers are riding that ship and are part of the crew, still serving with them," FDNY Capt. John Gormley said.
Here is the plan for the arrival of the ship on Nov. 2.

6 a.m. - A pilot boat will leave Intrepid Pier (Pier 86) to meet the New York near the Verrazano Bridge and accompany it up the Hudson.
7:35 a.m. - Ship passes under the Verrazano.
8 a.m. - Ship stops near World Trade Center site and renders a 21-gun salute.
9:30 a.m. - Ship turns around at the George Washington Bridge and heads for docking at Pier 88.
10:15 a.m. - Ship docks at Pier 88.
11:30 a.m. - Welcome party at the pier.

http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/2009/10/29/2009-10-29_new_yorks_in_town_navys_new_ship_made_with_wtc_ steel_to_dock_in_city_on_monday.html

October 29th, 2009, 08:36 AM
USS New York public access:

Pier 88, 12th Ave & 48th St.

– Wednesday, November 4 – 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
– Thursday, November 5 – 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
– Sunday, November 8 – 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
– Monday, November 9 – 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
– Tuesday, November 10 – 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
– Wednesday, November 11 – 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

No backpacks or large packages allowed.

October 29th, 2009, 10:53 AM
I wonder what they plan to do with the rest of that steel. Looks like there's still a lot of it left in the hangar. :confused:

October 30th, 2009, 06:11 AM
A Voyage Bearing a Memory


NORFOLK, Va. — With a barely noticeable tug, the U.S.S. New York (http://www.ussnewyork.com/) pulled out of its berth here Thursday morning, beginning a four-day journey to New York City, where it will be formally welcomed into the Navy fleet.

As a tugboat pulled the ship backward past the huge vessels in the Navy docks, the length of steel lining the front edge of the bow, which was recycled from the wreckage of the World Trade Center, trailed in a soft wake.

Before long, the ship had swung around under its own motor, and that length of steel sliced through the Atlantic swells below an excited crew, who snapped photos with digital cameras and cellphones.

The New York has been deliberately imbued with symbolism. The crest features an image of the twin towers behind a rising phoenix and the words “Never Forget.” And “the sacred steel in the bow of the ship,” said Cmdr. Curt Jones, is a point of pride among the crew members.

“To me it means that no matter how many times you attack us, we always come back,” said Christopher Davidson, 22, a master-at-arms seaman apprentice in the Navy Reserve from the Soundview section of the Bronx.

But the New York is also a warship. It is roughly the length of two football fields, and it gleams with fresh paint and sophisticated technology. Called an “amphibious transport dock,” it is the fifth in a new line of San Antonio-class vessels, distinguished by two hexagonal structures that make it harder to spot the ship on radar and that some have likened to the twin towers.

The ship was named after New York in response to a request from Gov. George E. Pataki. It is the latest in a string of warships bearing that name, dating to the Revolutionary War. Two sister ships are planned to honor victims who died on Sept. 11 in the attack on the Pentagon and in the crash of the hijacked plane in Pennsylvania.

After the New York is commissioned in a ceremony on Nov. 7, its main function will be to transport Marines around the globe. The ship is traveling south to Camp Lejeune, N.C., to pick up military equipment and additional Marines on Friday, before making the three-day journey to New York.
Currently, 186 Marines are on board, in addition to 359 Navy crew members and 60 reservists.

The group includes many New Yorkers who volunteered for the assignment and many making their first voyage on a Navy vessel. The atmosphere on board was earnest, almost celebratory, in part from the prospect of discovery that comes with a maiden voyage, and in part from the anticipation of a stylish homecoming.

Among those on board are a police officer from Westchester County who spent the days after the Sept. 11 attacks combing through the World Trade Center debris looking for survivors. And, riding on a ship for the first time, is a 20-year-old who learned about the attacks while in class at his Bronx middle school.

The New Yorkers spoke with particular excitement about passing under the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge and approaching the city to a 21-gun salute.

“That is going to be, hands down, the most amazing feeling to know I’m coming home on the U.S.S. New York,” said Frank Lewis, a Bronx resident who is a logistical specialist with the Navy Reserve. “I think that’ll even top the Yankees’ making the World Series, but we’ll see.”


October 30th, 2009, 06:45 PM
For U.S.S. New York, Future Looks Better Than the Past

By A. G. Sulzberger
Bureau of Ships Collection, National Archives The battleship New York underway at high speed, May 29, 1915.

ABOARD U.S.S. NEW YORK, off North Carolina — This is a gleaming $1.3 billion vessel piled high with some of the Navy’s most sophisticated technology. So while watching the hovercraft roar in and out of the lower landing deck on a rainy Friday morning, it is easy to forget that the name has not always been attached to such a venerable fighting machine.

The first New York was a wooden gondola — built of local timber and outfitted with just three cannons — that fought and was destroyed in a single battle during the Revolutionary War.

Seven warships have carried the name U.S.S. New York over the years, from the Revolutionary War to today. The latest incarnation –- carrying steel salvaged after the attack on the World Trade Center — was promoted as an instrument of retribution in the war on terror.

Although the ship’s namesake is a state that prides itself as a center of business and cultural influence and even boasts “empire” on its license plates, the military record of these predecessor vessels has been mixed. Two never saw military duty. Others ended up being destroyed by the military, including the most distinguished of the group, a celebrated battleship used in both World Wars.

Hopes are higher for this version, a marine transport ship that is sailing up the East Cost to New York to be commissioned as part of the Navy fleet. The crew was working to load it with military vehicles and equipment during a stop in North Carolina on Friday, in anticipation of the journey.

The vessel received its name in 2002 after Gov. George E. Pataki asked for a special exemption from a rule that only submarines could carry the names of states. Shortly afterward the Navy announced it would cast 7.5 tons of steel salvaged from the World Trade Center for the ship, a tiny fraction of its total 25,000-ton weight, but which some crew members hope will guarantee the ship a legacy that lasts beyond its expected 40-year lifespan.

Kevin Muse, 22, a member of the medical crew, said that he expected the ship to one day be a museum because of its connection to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. “This ship is part of history,” he said, standing on its deck. “I can bring my grandkids and kids here and show them that’s where I slept, that’s where I worked.”

Already the Discovery Channel has run a special naming the ship one of a dozen “hero ships” in United States history. (“She is not just any ship, she is the U.S.S. New York,” the announcer declares.) “At that point we didn’t have bathrooms, we had never left the pier, most of the crew had never set foot aboard, and we were a hero ship,” said Lt. Cmdr. Laura Bender, the chaplain. “We hadn’t done anything yet.”

Throughout the ship are reminders of its place in history. The executive officer keeps a scrapbook detailing the history of past New York ships in his office that was assembled by a machinist apprentice who helped build it.

And trinkets from the past can be found throughout the ship, including silverware from the last two vessels and a bugle, used for reveille calls on the last one, that was passed from shipmate to shipmate after World War II. (Bugles are no longer used: sailors awoke on Friday to a series of ear-piercing whistles broadcast over the intercom system along with firm instructions to get out of bed.)

According to the Navy, the first New York, the gondola, was commissioned by Gen. Benedict Arnold (before he became a traitor) and was part of the fleet used to slow the British during the Battle of Valcour Island on Lake Champlain. After sustaining damage it was burned to prevent British capture as Arnold and his men fled, a marker of the fate of its next two successors.

The next New York, a frigate commissioned in 1800, was burned in harbor by the British during the War of 1812. Its successor was built in the 1820s but never launched: it was burned by Union forces to prevent its capture during the beginning of the Civil War. The fourth New York, a steam-powered, single-mast ship, was sold and renamed in 1888 before it ever left port. An armored cruiser built at the end of the 19th century took the name, serving in the Spanish American War before being renamed. (It too was later sunk, to avoid capture during World War II, according to the scrapbook in the commander’s office.)

The next incarnation, then a state-of-the-art battleship, took the mantle when its keel was laid on Sept. 11, 1911, in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Serving in World War I, it featured the most modern military technology. By World War II it was a still valuable antique, surviving torpedo and kamikaze attacks and earning three stars in battle, including at Iwo Jima. After the war it was part of the fleet used to test the effects of atomic bombs on warships at Bikini Atoll. It survived two explosions but was later destroyed during target practice.

“She was a tough ship,” said Cmdr. Erich B. Schmidt, the executive officer.
Before the battleship New York was sunk, James Bennett served on that old coal-burning vessel, starting as a mess cook in 1936 and leaving as a fireman in the boiler room in 1940, he said Friday. At nights he slept in a hammock, swinging to the rhythm of the sea swells.

Mr. Bennett — who lives in Gretna, La., near where this ship was built, and is now 93 — visited the new ship during its christening and for a Sept. 11 ceremony. He will be one of about 70 sailors from the old ship to attend the commissioning ceremony in New York. A rivet from their ship and sand from Iwo Jima have been welded into the new ship’s mast.

“The new ship,” he said, “is a fine ship.”


November 2nd, 2009, 08:17 PM
There was another memorial service today for the 09-11 victims as their relatives returned near Ground Zero where the ship came as close as it could, possibly docking near Battery Park before the ship leaves on it's journey back to Virginia where it was built.

November 3rd, 2009, 05:53 AM
U.S.S. New York Reaches Manhattan


The U.S.S. New York cruised in the harbor of its namesake city on Monday






More Photos > (http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2009/11/02/nyregion/1102-USSNY_index.html)

The U.S.S. New York (http://www.ussnewyork.com/) reached New York City Monday morning, sweeping under the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, pausing at the World Trade Center site and pushing along the Upper West Side before circling around, like a contestant in a beauty pageant, to dock in Midtown Manhattan.

It was the end of an inaugural five-day voyage from Norfolk, Va., for the ship’s official commissioning into the Navy fleet on Saturday, as well as an emotional “homecoming” for a vessel that was named for the state after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and has 7.5 tons of steel from the twin towers cast into its bow.

“It’s fantastic to be here,” said Cmdr. Curt Jones, the ship’s captain and a New York native, as he stepped out of the bridge to take in his surroundings. “It really does feel like we’re coming home.”

The sailors and Marines (http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/organizations/m/us_marine_corps/index.html?inline=nyt-org) on board began lining along the rails of the ship early, well before 7 a.m., despite the wind and occasional drizzle that left many hopping from foot to foot to stay warm in their dress uniforms. The crew included a large number of New Yorkers who volunteered for the assignment, and they watched with anticipation as the city skyline emerged from a flat, gray dawn.

“I’ve seen this view before,” said Lavar Johnson, 29, a petty officer second class from Yonkers. “It’s just more significant now.”
The ship docked adjacent to the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum (http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/organizations/i/intrepid_sea-air-space_museum/index.html?inline=nyt-org) on Manhattan’s West Side. The sailors and Marines aboard will spend the days leading up to the commissioning ceremony giving public tours of the blocky but technologically sophisticated vessel, and the many pieces of expensive military equipment it contains. Once in service, the ship, an amphibious transport dock, will be used to transport up to seven hundred Marines and combat equipment to conflicts around the globe.

The Navy had raced to do the testing of the ship needed to meet its commissioning date, which is already emblazoned on a plaque inside. Lt. Rick Zabawa of Saratoga Springs, N.Y., who as the deck officer was the “conductor” of the ship’s movements in the hours before it docked, said the arrival in New York represented “the culmination of all this hard work.”

Those aboard were awakened Monday at 4 a.m., earlier than usual, with reveille whistles followed by the crackly sound of Frank Sinatra singing “New York, New York” over the loudspeaker. As the rest of those on board were eating pancakes and eggs in the galley or getting into their dress uniforms, those on the red-lighted bridge of the ship assumed a quiet intensity in anticipation of the final navigation into and up the Hudson River.

About 5 a.m., a small boat sped alongside the warship and Neil Keating, 52, a harbor pilot, clambered up the gray metal exterior to help guide the ship through the busy waters. Mr. Keating, 52, had requested the assignment more than a year ago because his brother, a firefighter, died when the towers collapsed.

“Today is bittersweet,” said Mr. Keating, who has helped ships travel in the harbor for more than 30 years. “For me, it’s an honor to be on board, but you hate to be on board for the reasons I am here. I think my brother would have been proud of me.”

By 6:30 a.m., the first of the sailors and Marines were making their way to the decks, to stake out good spots for the entry into the harbor. Some were excited about seeing New York for the first time, while others were enjoying the prospect of such a grand arrival to the area where they grew up.

“We’re riding through like the Cadillac of the fleet that we are,” said Sharef Talbert, 30, a petty officer first class from Newark, who has been readying the ship for its arrival since February. “There is no better way to ride into New York.”

As the ship continued up the river, helicopters rattled overhead and the surrounding waters filled with other vessels — police boats, tugs, barges, pleasure craft, and fireboats transformed into floating fountains. Spectators watched from the Circle Line. Rounding Battery Park, Cmdr. Erich B. Schmidt, the executive officer, spoke to the crew through a loudspeaker. “You’ve done a great job getting us here,” he said. “Enjoy it. That’s all.”
The ship came to a stop adjacent to ground zero, where a large crowd of onlookers had gathered along the shoreline, the military men lifted their hands in a long salute, followed by an honorary firing of guns. Some visibly teared up during the brief tribute.

Afterward, the ship continued up the Hudson past the Firemen’s Memorial (http://www.riversideparkfund.org/visit/firemens-memorial), at 100th Street, which in the weeks after 9/11 New Yorkers filled with baskets of flowers, loose candles and sorrowful notes, and which to many still evokes the losses of that day. Passers-by stopped to watch the spectacle of the enormous warship heading toward the George Washington Bridge.

When the ship finally eased into to its berth in Midtown at 10 a.m., the front section of bow, where the celebrated section of steel breaks the waves, already revealed the early, unavoidable streaks of rust of a ship at sea.


November 3rd, 2009, 10:36 AM
See Randy Savage's photos (http://www.wirednewyork.com/forum/showthread.php?t=22586).

November 6th, 2009, 08:02 AM
For Mods: May I respectfully suggest that these (http://wirednewyork.com/forum/search.php?searchid=7125972) threads be combined.

From N.O. to N.Y.: 'America's ship' a testament to rebuilding

by Maya Rodriguez

(see article for video)

NEW YORK -- Docked on the banks of the Hudson River, in the shadow of a city skyline forever changed, the USS New York pays tribute to the nearly 3,000 people who died on that fateful September day, eight years ago.

That is where the ship's story begins, but the journey it would take to return to New York runs right through the heart of New Orleans.

It was 2003 and on the banks of another river-- the Mississippi -- workers at Northrop-Grumman Shipbuilding began construction of a naval warship to be named in honor of the victims of 9/11.

"It was just tremendous how all that came together," said Gawain Corcoran, a construction manager at Northrop-Grumman.

Nearly 25 tons of steel, recovered from the wreckage of the World Trade Center, arrived at a foundry in Amite, where it was melted down and the impurities were removed. It left behind more than seven tons of steel that came to have both a practical and symbolic place, on the bow of the ship.

"The New York is leading the war on terror-- and the steel from the World Trade Center is cutting through the water, leading the way," Corcoran said.

Nearly two years into the construction process, though, another disaster would intersect with the USS New York -- Hurricane Katrina.

“It was devastating at first," said ship construction manager Tommy Barrett.

Evacuations scattered the workers across a half-dozen states. Two weeks later, though, most of them returned to work.

"I called them up and they said they had a place that we could stay," said Joseph Williams, a shipbuilder who lived in New Orleans East.

The shipyard put up a series of trailers for workers to live in. They called it “Kamp Katrina.”

"I had a job to finish. I wanted to come back," said shipbuilder Tracy Mackey, who lived in the Lower Ninth Ward, when Katrina hit.

On their days off, the workers went from shipbuilding to rebuilding. About 70 percent of the workers at the shipyard suffered damage to their homes during Katrina.

"It was a good spirit, in that everybody pulled together and tried to make things work," Williams said.

Workers went into overdrive and overtime, as they tried to finish construction of the New York, within the Navy's timetable. They did.

Hats Off

In March of last year, the USS New York was christened in Avondale, bringing together the ship's builders, its crew and the 9/11 families.

"You knew you had that bond then,” Barrett said. “They knew that we were part of them, and they were part of us."

Thousands of New Yorkers also sought to be a part of that experience. Crowds gathered this week in Manhattan to stand in line for a chance to see the ship. Nearly three weeks after leaving New Orleans, the USS New York finally arrived at Pier 88 in New York City -- a homecoming of sorts, for a part of the city nearly lost forever.

It also marked a homecoming for some of the ship’s crew members, who call the city “home.”

“Now that we’re here, now I understand what it really means and how much it affects other people,” said Latoya Wilson, a Brooklyn native who is part of the ship’s medical unit.

“[As we sailed into the harbor], I was on the phone with my mother, she was at work and she was basically crying on the phone,” said Isaiah Jackson, an electrician from Queens, serving on his first Navy vessel.

Captain Curtis Jones of the USS New York said the ship runs like a dream. He credits the shipbuilders, who put it all together, despite everything that happened after Katrina.

“That’s a testament to the spirit and the motivation and what they put into this ship. We left New Orleans approximately three weeks ago. We’ve operated every single capability this ship has, in the time in between, and it has performed superbly,” Jones said. “So, my hat off to those shipbuilders -- every one.”

For those visiting the ship, no matter if the backdrop is the Manhattan skyline or the foggy Mississippi, a bond between the people of New Orleans and New York endures, in part, because of this ship.

“I hope they know we care about them, and they care about us, up here,” said Peggy Juliano, as she and her family toured the ship in New York City. “Just because we’re separate states, doesn’t mean we’re separate people. We’re all one.”

"I built this!"

"It has touched the heart of America,” said Beth Mouch, as she watched the ship sail down the Mississippi in October. “We rebuilt New Orleans, we built the ship from part of the scraps -- and now we're sending it off as part of America."

As for the shipbuilders who helped make it possible, their attachment to this ship is unlike any they have ever had before.

"I've been here 32 years and I've worked on a lot of vessels, and this one is my most proudest, that's for sure," construction manager Barrett said.

"I built this! I helped build this!” said shipbuilder and Mid-City resident Shirley Johnson. “This is part of me, you know. It's like we're giving them something to help them remember 9/11. And the whole world gave New Orleans something: to come back home, so we could work and be able to build it."

"You know, that's America's ship,” said Douglas Blethen, construction manager of the USS New York. “And it holds a special place in all our hearts and so, no matter where it goes, or what it does, it's going to be in the spotlight and it's going to serve this country well."

The ship will be commissioned on Saturday and remain docked in New York City through Veterans Day. It will then leave New York Harbor and set sail on its mission.


November 7th, 2009, 09:18 PM
USS New York comes to life; ship born of 7.5 tons of World Trade Center steel

BY Stephanie Gaskell

The USS New York is seen during its commissioning on November 7, 2009 at Piers 86 and 88 in New York City.

The New York came to life Saturday, becoming the Navy's newest warship - and a proud symbol of fortitude.

The $1 billion amphibious transport dock carries 7.5 tons of steel from the World Trade Center in her bow stem.

"The New York will be a visible testament to our resilience," said Navy Secretary Ray Mabus as the first watch was set and hundreds of sailors and Marines ran onto the decks of the ship, a tradition signaling the official commissioning of the vessel.

Cmdr. Curt Jones, a native New Yorker, took command during an emotional ceremony at the Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum attended by more than 6,000 people, including Secretary of State Clinton, Gov. Paterson and Mayor Bloomberg.

"There is a lot of emotion that is associated with this ship for all of us," Jones said. "The steel that is in the bow of the ship, that motivates us literally every day in what we do."

The ship, which has a crew of about 360 sailors, will be docked at Pier 88 until Thursday, when it heads to its home port at Norfolk Naval Station in Virginia.

"This ship has been the product of a lot of hard work," Paterson said. "It is not just named the New York - it IS New York."

Clinton said the New York will help the nation heal, more than eight years after the World Trade Center attack.

"In that steel, burned but unbroken, lives the spirit we saw on 9-11," she said. "Sometimes our pain can lead us to purpose.

Mike Petters is the president of Northrop Grumman, which built the ship in Avondale, La.

"We needed this ship," Petters said. "New York needed this ship. And America needed this ship."

For Carl Scheetz, a firefighter with Rescue 1 in Hell's Kitchen, the ship is a reminder of the city's strength.

"To me it's a show of resiliency to the whole tragedy that happened," he said. "The crew members are great. I met a Marine and went to say 'Thank you' to him. He said, 'No, sir, thank you very much.'

"We have a lot in common," Scheetz said.