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USS New York prepares to take to the open sea

In two days the state-of-the-art amphibious landing craft USS New York will be commissioned at Pier 88 on Manhattan’s west side — 12th Ave. at W. 48th St. From flight deck to crew quarters, the L(anding) P(latform) D(ock)s are the most advanced sea-faring machines in terms of design and technology, effectively replacing four older classes of amphibious landing craft. This modern-day behemoth is 111 feet longer than her battleship namesake. She will carry sea-based platforms, including: * 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. Furthermore, the USS New York features: * 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 was encouraged by Governor George Pataki of New York and Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York City * Name given by then Secretary of the Navy Gordon England * Keel was laid on August 2004 * 1,200 Louisiana workers stayed to keep building the ship after Hurricane Katrina hit the shipyard in August 2005 * Ship was christened at Northrop Grumman’s Avondale shipyard on March 1, 2008 * Motto: “Strength forged through sacrifice. Never forget.” What are your thoughts on this new branch of enforcement? Do you have a history with the United States Navy? Are you retired from or do you have a family member currently enlisted? Tell us your story. GO!

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