- The Washington Times - Friday, February 29, 2008

She is sleek, mighty and gleaming silver as a Manhattan dawn. But this is a warship with real inner mettle. When the USS New York is christened Saturday with a splash of champagne and a hearty cheer, few will overlook her motto: “Never Forget.”

This brand new transport is bolstered with more than seven tons of steel salvaged from the wreckage of the World Trade Center.

“This is unique. To my knowledge, I don’t know of any other case in which symbolic materials associated with an event of historic magnitude have been used in a Navy vessel,” said historian Jack Green of the Naval Historic Center.

“This ship is important to the Navy and important to the sailors who will man it. The USS New York will project American power all over the world, supporting the cause of freedom and doing it in a way that honors the courage of the heroes and victims of September 11,” said Commander Jeff Davis.

She is a big girl: The New York is 684 feet long, tasked to support the amphibious, special operations and expeditionary warfare missions of the Marine Corps. And she is quite capable of transporting a landing force of up to 800 Leathernecks.

The steel will always be near, right below their boots. For the full version of this story, read tomorrow’s editions of The Washington Times or visit www.washingtontimes.com.

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