USS New York Being Built with Trade Center Steel: Its Motto – ‘NEVER FORGET’

“They knocked us down. They can’t keep us down. [i]We’re going to be back.”

14 May 2006: With its motto being “Never Forget,” it will still be about a year before the USS New York will be ready for launch. The Navy’s newest amphibious assault, however, is already a part of American history as it was built with 24 tons of scrap steel from the World Trade Center.Steel from the World Trade Center was melted down in a foundry in Amite, La., to cast the ship’s bow section. Navy Captain Kevin Wensing was present during the process that took place on September 9, 2003. Captain Wensing described the scene, noting that when the molten steel from the Trace Center was poured into the molds, “those big rough steelworkers treated it with total reverence. It was a spiritual moment for everybody there.” Junior Chavers, foundry operations manager, said that when the steel from the World Trade Center first arrived, he touched it with his hand and the “hair on my neck stood up.”

It is the fifth in a new class of warship, one that is 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 wherever needed by on-board helicopters and assault craft.

“It would be fitting if the first mission this ship would go on is to make sure that bin Laden is taken out, his terrorist organization is taken out,” said Glenn Clement, a paint foreman. “He came in through the back door and knocked our towers down and (the USS New York) is coming right through the front door, and we want them to know that.”

“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.”