Wednesday, August 17, 2005

The USS New York

LPD 21, the U.S. Navy's fifth LPD 17 San Antonio-class ship, will be the tenth in American history to carry the name New York (the first one served on Lake Champlain during the War of Independence), and there is something else that is special about it:

From rubble to avenging angel: The U.S. Navy is using steel from the World Trade Center in a new ship [...] Ten tons of steel from the World Trade Center’s twin towers will be used in the construction of the USS New York[.]



Secretary of the Navy Gordon England is quoted as saying,
"This new class of ships will project American power to the far corners of the Earth and support the cause of freedom well into the 21st century. From the war for independence through the war on terrorism, which we wage today, the courage and heroism of the people of New York has been an inspiration. USS New York will play an important role in our Navy's future and will be a fitting tribute to the people of the Empire State."

According to the Navy's fact sheet, the New York
will be used to transport and land Marines [...and...] support amphibious assault, special operations, or expeditionary warfare missions throughout the first half of the 21st Century.

What better way to honor the victims of 9/11 than to resurrect the place they worked at in the form of a warship that brings justice to their murderers. The Navy is already doing its part--now it will be up to the Commander-in-Chief to do his.