transport dock ship New York (LPD 21) at 10 a.m. CST on Saturday, March
1, 2008, during a ceremony at Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding facilities
in New Orleans, La.
The ship is named New York in honor of the state, the city and the
victims of Sept. 11, 2001. A unique characteristic of the ship is the
use of 7.5 tons of steel salvaged from the World Trade Center wreckage
that was incorporated into the construction process. The steel was
melted and formed to make the bow stem of the ship. Use of this steel
symbolizes the spirit and resiliency of the people of New York. The
official motto of New York is: "Never Forget."