Sunday, October 26, 2008

USS New York: Made of WTC melted steel...

The USS New York (LPD-21) was launched on the 20th of December in 2007. The ugly Warship was christened (War and Christ, always go good together!) at the Northrop Grumman shipyard in Avondale New Orleans on March 1st 2008 (The champagne bottle did not break the first time it was struck against the hull of the ship, but the second attempt was successful). The commisioning will be in New York City sometime in fall of 2009.

It is the fifth in a new class of warship - designed for missions that include special operations against "terrorists" (I'm guessing they don't mean the Bush administration). It will carry a crew of 360 sailors and 700 combat-ready Marines to be delivered ashore by helicopters and assault craft.

Coincidentally
, a previous holder of the name, USS New York (BB-34), had its keel laid on 11 September 1911, exactly 90 years to the day before the World Trade Center was attacked.

The shipyard workers reportedly treated it with "reverence usually accorded to religious relics", gently touching it as they walked by. 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.' (*sigh* such misguided "revenge"... what a notion of spirituality...)

Also check out Aferrismoon's post: All Lost Aboard the OZ-ARK with Dotty's Checkerboard Champagne

4 comments:

aferrismoon said...

Did a post on this called 'All Lost the OZ-ARK with Dotty's Checkerboard Champagne'
Cheers

dedroidify said...

oy aferrismoon

added linky, forgot all about that, thanks for the reminder! From seeing my comment on your post I still need to analyze mr Ozark Henry ;)

peace

wise woman said...

I've looked at some fated ships over this year & have come to feel that perhaps they can be looked at as floating scarificial altars - this one sure fits the bill.

dedroidify said...

Interesting WW

That's one ugly altar!