Here She Is...

Olivia's picture
Submitted by Olivia on Sun, 2008-06-29 02:27

The USS New York (LPD 21), made from World Trade Center scrap.

USS New York

She was built with 24 tons of scrap steel from the World Trade Center .

She is the fifth in a new class of warship designed for missions that include special operations against terrorists. She will carry a crew of 360 sailors and 700 combat-ready Marines to be delivered ashore by helicopters and assault craft.

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... reverence,' recalled Navy Capt. Kevin Wensing, who was there. 'It was a spiritual moment for everybody there.'

Junior Chavers, foundry operations manager, said that when the trade center steel first arrived, he touched it with his hand and the 'hair on my neck stood up.' '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.'

The ship's motto? 'Never Forget.'


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The Ship

Kasper's picture

Its beautiful. Its been my desktop background for the last week.

The ship looks jolly

Elijah's picture

The ship looks jolly splendid! ...(it is amazing what you can do when Bethlehem Steel is not involved) Eye

It's Wet...

James S. Valliant's picture

... warm and welcoming, as you can see, and as the best things in life so often are. Smiling


Richard Goode's picture

My goodness, Richard -- eloquent and true.

Just testing the water. Smiling

Don't trust wikipedia?

Matty Orchard's picture

Check the citations.

Thank you.

Well Put

James S. Valliant's picture

My goodness, Richard -- eloquent and true.

"I liken people who complain

Robert's picture

"I liken people who complain about Wikipedia to people who bitch about rubbish..."

And why shouldn't I complain about Wikipedia and it's pseudo-authority when it allows bullshit like this to go on?

So much for Wiki's scholarly street cred.

Wikipedia acquires knowledge largely by the democratic processes -- thus the opinion of the majority (regardless of their ability or experience or qualifications) rules. And in certain cases HTML literate individuals with sufficient time and knowledge of Wikipedia lore can ride roughshod over everybody, even to the point of removing legitimate points of order from Wiki's storefront and burying them in a blizzard of disorganized crap in Wiki's back storeroom.

No thanks, if that's the most up to date encyclopedia in the world, I'd rather put my trust in a crystal ball.


As for selfish: frankly, I've got better things to do with my time than engage in cyber-pissing contests with fashionably activist script-hippies.

And FYI your metaphor sucks. People who complain about rubbish in the PUBLIC street in front of their PRIVATE house do have a legitimate complaint. They're being involuntarily taxed to maintain that PUBLIC street. Or are you of the opinion that the citizenry should just meekly allow the government to raid their wallets and shut the fuck up?


Richard Goode's picture

For a man of moral stature, sacrifice is the surrender of the right to the wrong, of the good to the evil.

Sacrifice could be proper only for those who have nothing to sacrifice - no values, no standards, no judgement.

Actually ...

Luke H's picture

The "Official Commissioning Website" says:

"Strength forged through sacrifice.  Never forget." - Ship's Motto

Their FAQ takes the trouble to explain:


 "The Prospective Commanding Officer and ship’s crew develop mottos that are part of the ship’s crest.  New York’s full motto is “Strength Forged Through Sacrifice.  Never Forget.”  For purposes of space, the motto has been shortened on the ship’s crest, to “Never Forget.”


The incorrect version of the full motto which omits "forged" appears to come from here:

Never Forget, Strength Through Sacrifice

This thread, on the Sean Hannity Discussion Forums, was created on March 1 2008; the incorrect long motto was added to Wikipedia on March 2 2008 by a Ktr101. The history function of Wikipedia makes this sort of thing easy and transparent to find and fix.

I liken people who complain about Wikipedia to people who bitch about rubbish on the street in front of their house: it would be the work of a few minutes to fix the problem, but they'd rather complain about it.  I guess editing Wikipedia isn't selfish enough for people on this board!  Smiling

Never forget

Richard Goode's picture

Never forget that you, too, can edit Wikipedia.

Jesus, Reed.

Jameson's picture


The perils of Wikipedia...

Robert's picture

Neither the US Navy nor this website which carries a photograph and artist's drawing of the ship's crest says anything about the Strength through Sacrifice crap. As far as I know, the motto always appears in full on the ship's crest/coat of arms.

And I would trust a photo of the ship's crest, attached to the USS New York's hull during the christening ceremony, more than an accurate than Wikipedia.

IMHO most 2 year old children are more useful sources of information than much of Wikipedia -- especially for controversial topics -- but there we are.


James S. Valliant's picture

You just had to splash cold water on this, didn't you?

There are altruists who oppose the war -- and folks who want war, but only so long as it's altruistic.

Let me speak at the dedication, and my own prayer would be:

"May this fine ship never be used except selfishly!"

That the Twin Towers will

Bosch Fawstin's picture

That the Twin Towers will literally be part of the war against those who brought them down......
What a thing, and I'd be more pissed that it's not a story being told in a Big way if I weren't so incredibly moved by it.

Motto: Never Forget,

reed's picture

I just gotta come back and say...

Jameson's picture

this is the best *something* I've seen all year. It's so good I've forgotten what last year's best *something* was...

They knock down the towers, then, like Terminator II, they melt into this machine of war, uprooted, unstoppable, moving steadily now to hunt down its enemies.

Fucking gorgeous. Smiling

Never Forget

James S. Valliant's picture

The steel workers... that's a scene worthy of Rand's pen... only from reality.


Marcus's picture

A sad inditement that this magnificient ship is not trumpeted world-wide by the media as a "fuck you" to terrorists!

They are probably too pre-occupied calling for an end to the Iraq war and applauding Obama's anti-americanism!


Sandi's picture

re-assembling our afflicted powers, consult how we may henceforth most offend."

- John Milton

"Who is John Galt?"

Somewhere ...

Lindsay Perigo's picture

... on this board some pomowanker is dissing patriotism. Contemplating the USS New York, I, a Kiwi, am an American patriot, and as proud as hell!


Olivia's picture

'those big rough steelworkers treated it with... reverence,'
Beautiful, just beautiful.

I thought the same thing.... earthbound reverence is the PERFECT response.

I had no idea that she existed either until it turned up in my inbox from my friend in DC this morning. Gave me goose-bumps all over. A true phoenix.

It is creations like this that leave me in awe at the spirit of man and what he can accomplish... and recover from.


Matty Orchard's picture

"So lick my dick and suck on my balls, AMERICAAAA!"

Sing It With Me...

Jeremy's picture

"America, FUCK YEAH!"

Wow, I had no idea of this

Bosch Fawstin's picture

Wow, I had no idea this great thing existed, thanks for posting it.

'those big rough steelworkers treated it with... reverence,'

Beautiful, just beautiful.

Coming to get you, you Islamofascist scum!!

Jameson's picture

The most beautiful "Fuck you!" afloat!!!

Thanks for that Liv... Smiling

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