USS New York Commissioning Committee Web Site Is Launched
The USS New York Commissioning Committee announced the launch of the official USS New York Commissioning Committee Web site at http://www.USSNY.org. The Web site is the official authority on all information and events related to the commissioning of USS New York (LPD21), a new U.S. Navy ship currently completing construction in . The ship, containing more than seven tons of steel from the fallen , is expected to be commissioned in in the fall of 2009.
Visitors to the Web site will be able to learn about the mission and history of the ship, keep abreast of upcoming commissioning events, donate to the USS New York Commissioning Committee and Foundation and purchase official and exclusive commemorative items and collectables. One hundred percent of the donations as well as proceeds from the purchases made on the Web site will go towards the events surrounding the commissioning and to providing for the morale, welfare and recreation needs of the crew, as well as scholarships for children of the ship's first and future crew members.
USS New York (LPD21) has forged into its bow approximately 7.5 tons of steel from the ruins of the . The ship weighs 25,000 tons, is 684 ft. (208.5 m) long, 105 ft. (32 m) wide, and is the fifth amphibious transport dock ship in the U.S. Navy's class. The newest addition to the Navy's 21st Century amphibious assault force, USS New York will have a crew of approximately 360 sailors and will be capable of transporting up to 700 combat-ready Marines. The ship will also carry
Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) craft, the Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft and Marine Expeditionary vehicles.USS NEW YORK was christened on March 1, 2008 at Northrop Grumman's shipyard, where it is being completed prior to undergoing sea trials.