The USS New York is an incredibly significant and important ship. Why? Well, because the USS New York was built with 24,000 tons of scrap steel recovered from the World Trade Center’s attack and destruction. It is the fifth ship in a new class of warships, ones specifically designed for missions that include special operations against terrorists. It will carry a crew of 360 sailors, and 700 combat readied Marines, who be deployed by helicopters and assault craft.
The sacred steel from the World Trade Center was recycled in a foundry in Amite, Los Angeles, California, and was used to build the ship’s bow section. When it was poured into the molds on Sept. 9th, 2003, “Those big rough steelworkers treated it with total reverence,” recalled Navy captain, Kevin Wensing, who was lucky enough to be 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 said, “The hair on my neck stood up. It had a big meaning to it for all of us. They might have knocked us down, but they can’t keep us down. We’ll be back.” The ship’s motto? ‘Never Forget’.