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Monday, July 14, 2008

Drum Roll Please

Here SHE is.....the USS New York! Made from the World Trade Center !

It was built with 24 tons of scrap steel from the World Trade Center .

It is the fifth in a new class of warship - designed for missions that include special operations against terrorists. It will carry a crew of 360 sailors and 700 combat-ready Marines to be delivered ashore by helicopters and assault craft.

Steel from the World Trade Center was melted down in a foundry in Amite , LA to cast the ship's bow section. When it was poured into the molds on September 9, 2003, "those big rough steelworkers treated it with total reverence," recalled Navy Capt. Kevin Wensign, who was there. "It was a spiritual moment for everybody there." Junior Chavers, foundry operations manager, said that when the trade center steel first arrived, he touched it with his hand and the "hair on my neck stood up." "It had a big meaning to it for all of us," he said. "They knocked us down. They can't keep us down. We're coming back."

The ship's motto? "Never Forget"
Matches with mine:
Isaiah 61:3 (King James Version)
To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.


Lady Di Tn said...

Great post and a stately ship. Peace

JeanMac said...

I hadn't heard about that - thanks.

Chatty Crone said...

I had no idea they were doing this. Amazing and thanks for sharing.

Ex-Shammickite said...

I, like your commenters before me, had not heard that the WTCentre steel was being incorporated into a new warship. I wish her and her crew well. But WAR is such a terrib;e word.

z-silverlight said...

Best use for the steel. A plowshare in to sword, Hah! most fitting.
I had heard about this, am glad to see it done.

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