USS New York – A Tribute From The World Trade Centre
USS New York – A Tribute From The World Trade Center
It was built with 24,000 tons of scrap steel from the World Trade Centre. 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 Centre was melted down in a foundry in Amite, LA to cast the ship’s bow section. When it was poured into the moulds on September 9, 2003, those big rough steelworkers treated it with total reverence, recalled Navy Captain Kevin Wensing, who was there. It was a spiritual moment for everybody there.
Junior Chavers, foundry operations manager, said that when the World 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 going to be back.