Tuesday, May 22, 2018
US Ship Made of Twin Towers Steel Docks in Greece’s Corfu
A unique U.S. Navy vessel party made out of steel salvaged from the World Trade Center destroyed in the Sept. 11 2001 attacks has docked in Greece.
The USS New York, a San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock, is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet’s area of operations.
It is the fifth ship of the U.S. Navy to be named after the state of New York. It has a crew of 360 and can carry up to 700 Marines.
Nearly seven tons of the steel used in the ship’s construction came from the rubble of the World Trade Center; this represents less than one thousandth of the total weight of the ship.
The steel was melted down at Amite Foundry and Machine in Amite, Louisiana, to cast the ship’s bow section.
It was poured into the molds on Sept. 9 2003, with seven short tons (6.4 t) cast to form the ship’s ‘stem bar — part of the ship’s bow.
Foundry workers reportedly treated it with “reverence usually accorded to religious relics,” gently touching it as they walked by. One worker delayed his retirement after 40 years of working to be part of the project.
It has not been revealed how long it will remain in Corfu.
New York, 26th MEU Arrive in Corfu, Greece
MAY 18, 2018
The San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS New York (LPD 21) and embarked Marines from the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) arrived in Corfu, Greece, May 17, 2018, for a scheduled port visit.
The stop offers New York’s approximately 400 Sailors and 700 embarked Marines the opportunity to engage with their hosts, while reinforcing the strong U.S.-Greek partnership and their shared commitment to promoting peace and stability in the region.
As part of New York’s regularly-scheduled deployment, the Navy-Marine Corps team provides a forward naval presence in U.S. 6th Fleet that supports maritime security operations, crisis response and theater security cooperation in European, African, and Middle Eastern theaters.