Lantern Swinger
Just in from offshore, have ran it by a couple of "Urban-Myth" sites and it appears to be true.


Can't see any armament, possibly to be fitted, any way, here's the script which came with the piccy!

USS New York

It was built with 24 tons of scrap steel from the World Trade Center.

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 Center was melted down in a foundry in Amite, LA to cast the ship's bow section. When it was poured into the molds on Sept. 9, 2003, "those big rough steelworkers treated it with total reverence," recalled Navy Capt. Kevin Wensing, who was 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 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."

The ship's motto? "Never Forget"


War Hero
The ship shown is actually LPD17 USS San Antonio. The USS NY is currently in-build, but will have a stem casting made from WTC recovered steel.

These ships are currently causing the USN considerable embarrassment as they are way over-budget (for similar reasons to our own LPDs) and have a very poor standard of build. To understand what "very poor" means, open the link and scroll down to the title "Is this acceptable?", check out the photos and see what really p1ss-poor shipbuilding is about...

BTW I heartily recommend the site to anyone with an interest in shipbuilding. The author doesn't pull any punches...