At a ceremony held Saturday
, September 7, at 9:30 a.m. aboard the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York Harbor, Secretary of the Navy Gordon England announced his decision to name the fifth ship of the San Antonio class
Transport Dock ships, "New York," to honor the state, the city and the victims of September 11. The Secretary was joined by New York Gov. George Pataki and many other leaders from the city and
state of New York.
In doing so Secretary England noted that longstanding relationship between the U.S. Navy and people of New York. "USS New York will project American power to the far corners of the earth and support the cause of freedom well into the 21st century," England said. "From the war for independence through the war on terrorism, which we wage today, the courage and
heroism of the people of New York have been an inspiration.
Today, thousands of New Yorkers serve with America's Navy and
Marine Corps at home
and abroad protecting America's interest
and promoting peace, security and stability around the world.
These dedicated young Americans are the strength of our military
and our nation. USS New York will play an important role in our
Navy's future and will be a fitting tribute to the people of The
Empire State," England said.
New York Governor George Pataki and New York City Mayor Michael
Bloomberg thanked the U.S. Navy for honoring all New Yorkers by
naming this ship. Governor Pataki noted, "USS New York will
ensure that all New Yorkers and the world will never forget the
evil attacks of September 11th, and the courage and compassion
New Yorkers showed in response to terror."
Four previous ships have been named New York
. The first, a
gondola (1776), was scuttled after suffering heavy damage during
the defeat at the Battle of Valcour Island on Oct. 11, 1776.
Though a tactical defeat, the fierce resistance of the
outnumbered Americans postponed a British invasion from Canada.
The second, a frigate (1800-1814), served to protect American
commerce and project American naval power, particularly along
the Barbary Coast of North Africa. The third USS New York, an
armored cruiser (1893-1938), served as flagship of the North
Atlantic Squadron during the Spanish-American War and, later,
flagship of the Asiatic Fleet before being renamed Saratoga in
The fourth, a battleship (1914-1946), served in the North Sea
blockade of Germany during World War I and provided shore
bombardment during the invasions of North Africa, Iwo Jima, and
Okinawa during World War II. One submarine was named New York
City and served from 1979-1997.
The 684-ft.-long amphibious transport dock ship will be built
by Northrop Grumman Ship Systems in New Orleans and carry a Navy
crew of 363 and 699 Marines. The ship will be used to transport
and land Marines, their equipment and supplies by embarked air
cushions or conventional landing craft or amphibious vehicles,
augmented by helicopters or vertical take off and landing
aircraft in amphibious assault, special operations, or
expeditionary warfare missions.
The ship will also incorporate the latest quality of life
standards for the embarked sailors and Marines, including the
sit-up berth, ship services mall, a fitness center and learning
resource center and electronic classroom with the flexibility to
accommodate mixed gender sailors and Marines as part of the crew
and embarked troops. The design team also incorporated hundreds
of suggestions and recommendations from more than 1,000 sailors
and Marines in the Design for Ownership process to ensure that
this ship will meet their needs throughout the first half of the