A Great Use of Recycled Steel from the World Trade Center
Shortly after the World Trade Center attacks of 2001 Northrop Grumman Ship Systems of New Orleans was awarded the contract to build the U.S.S. New York, a San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock. The ship is notable for using 7.5 short tons of steel salvaged from the World Trade Center. The New York is the seventh ship in the United Sates Navy to carry the name New York and finally made it to service last year.
Construction began in September of 2004 at the dock in New Orleans, and then Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005 slowing the project. She was launched in December 2007, Christened in March of 2008 and commissioned in November 2009. Unfortunately in January 2010 the Navy announced that the New York would have to go back in dry-dock. While on a weeklong trial at sea the New York suffered faulty engine parts as she had a premature failure of bearings in the ships main engines. The repair were done and the New York took her place in the “War on Terror” as she was deployed for the first time to the Strait of Hormuz in the Gulf region. I bet she freaked out the Terrorist the first time they saw her.