October 29, 2009

APPROPRIATE THAT IT FERRY CRUSADERS:

For U.S.S. New York, a Journey Home (A. G. Sulzberger, 10/29/09, NY Times)

The New York has been deliberately imbued with symbolism. The crest features the twin towers behind a rising phoenix and the words “Never Forget,” and the “the sacred steel in the bow of the ship,” as Cmdr. Curt Jones described it, is a point of unabashed pride among the crew members.

“To me it means that no matter how many times you attack us, we always come back,” said Christopher Davidson, 22, a master-at-arms seaman apprentice in the Navy Reserve from the Soundview section of the Bronx.

But the New York is also a warship. It is roughly the length of two football fields, and gleaming, with fresh paint and sophisticated technology. Dubbed an “amphibious transport dock,” it is the fifth in a new line of San Antonio-class vessels, distinguished by two octagonal structures that make it harder to spot the ship on radar and that some have likened to the twin towers.

The ship was named after New York in response to a request from Gov. George E. Pataki following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. It is the latest in a string of American warships bearing that name, dating back to the Revolutionary War. Two sister ships are planned to honor victims who died that day in the attack on the Pentagon and in the crash of the hijacked plane in Pennsylvania.

After it is formally commissioned in a Nov. 7 ceremony, its main function will be to transport Marines around the globe.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 29, 2009 3:00 PM
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