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(Posted by Laurence Simon as part of the Amish Tech Support Occupation of A Small Victory during the holidays)

Michele's a New Yawker, so I figured quite a few of you folks are, too. Here's a little something for all you New Yawkers out there looking for a little Christmas cheer... scrap from the World Trade Center will be used to help build the USS New Yawk:

Sorry. I meant to say USS New York. My bad.

Steel salvaged from the wreckage of the World Trade Center will be used to build the Navy's USS New York, a warship named in honor of those who perished in New York on Sept. 11, 2001.

The scrap steel will be extricated from the Fresh Kills landfill on Staten Island on Friday and trucked south to a Northrop Grumman shipyard in Pascagoula, Miss. Northrop Grumman will start building the USS New York in Pascagoula in the middle of next year.

The USS New York will be the fifth of 12 amphibious assault ships in the San Antonio class, which the Navy calls one of its most technologically innovative. The 684-foot vessel will carry a Navy crew of 402 and up to 800 Marines.

I heard a rumor that they were could to use Al Sharpton's hair to weave into the mooring ropes, too.

Now, normally state names are reserved for submarines, but an exception has been made in this case to allow the USS New York label to be used on an assault vehicle instead of an undersea "Melt their sand pit into molten glass and singed camel dung" retaliatory vessel. Other states and cities are getting into the act now, begging to have their names placed on vehicles other than submarines:

USS New Jersey: Garbage scow for the USS New York.
USS Maryland: Army sniper transport.
USS New Orleans: A USO-run submarine that only sinks two inches a year.
USS Detroit: Floating mosque, hospital ship for enemy casualties.
USS Florida: Troop transport that can carry 5,000 Marines and 5,000 Army troops. Or was that 5,500 Marines and 4,500 Army Troops? We need a recount!
USS California: Designed as a nuclear-powered submarine, the pile's been shut down and it's forced to borrow power from the USS Texas

Comments

The USS Arkansas, the first US warship to be named after a single family since the USS "The Sullivans".

The San Antonios are being named after cities, not states. Thus in this case, USS New York would be named after the city of New York, not the state.

NTM

Actually, the USS New York could be named after the state. If it was the city, it would be the USS New Yauwk.

BTW, I enjoyed the names ...8P

Alex

I think it is neat that they are naming the ship after new york and the WTC catostrophy, but a amphibous assault ship? I think a cruser or submarine would be batter to bear the name.

do belive its honor that New York will have much pride in excepting, not since 1893 has there been a ship named for NewYork

do belive its honor that New York will have much pride in excepting, not since 1893 has there been a ship named for NewYork

Cruisers are typically named after cities, towns, or other geographic sites of historical or other interest. Modern destroyers seem to be named after people ... although that seems to vary somewhat. Air craft carriers seem to be named both after people and after other historical ships and events. State names have traditionally been used for the battleship class, but the battleship class has been discontinued. The original USS New York met a particularly ignominous end. It looks as if the newest USS New York will probably be a ballistic missile submarine, or possibly an attack submarine ... in which case it's unlikely to be used directly in the war on terrorism.

Cruisers are typically named after cities, towns, or other geographic sites of historical or other interest. Modern destroyers seem to be named after people ... although that seems to vary somewhat. Air craft carriers seem to be named both after people and after other historical ships and events. State names have traditionally been used for the battleship class, but the battleship class has been discontinued. The original USS New York met a particularly ignominous end. It looks as if the newest USS New York will probably be a ballistic missile submarine, or possibly an attack submarine ... in which case it's unlikely to be used directly in the war on terrorism.

I believe this is a great way to pay tribute to those who lost their lives on 9/11 however, I didn't realize that a ships name could be recycled, my grandfather served on the ORIGINAL USS NEW YORK which was given the fate of target practice for new weapons after its many years of devoted service to our country. I hope that this new tribute doesn't fade the memory of service its predecessor provided to the Armed Services.

The newest (proposed) USS New York is to be the 5th of the San Antonio class Landing Platform & Dock (LPD) type ships. The most current is the USS New York City which is a fast attack submarine (SSN).