Saturday, March 01, 2008

USS New York Christened; Navy Ship Has Steel from World Trade Center

The christening of the newest Navy ship, the USS New York, was in many ways like the christening of any other new ship, but in a way it was also totally different. That's because the front part of the ship was made from seven and a half tons of steel salvaged from the World Trade Center, which was destroyed in the terrorist attacks of 9/11. And thousands of people gathered in New York City to watch the christening ceremony, including those who lost friends and relatives on 9/11.

The USS New York was trimmed in red, white and blue banners, has a seal on its bow that features two gray bars to symbolize the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center.

The USS New York had been planned at the time the terrorist attacks happened, but the ship did not yet have a name. It was former New York Governor George Pataki that suggested the name.

The ship cost about one billion dollars to build and weighs 25,000 tons. It is 684 feet long and can carry about 360 sailors and 700 Marines. It is to be commissioned next year.

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