USS New York Christened Yesterday
Kinda cool.. a Marine amphibious assault vessel built with steel recovered from the WTC. The USS New York (LPD-21).
More info on the ship here.
Posted by: Dave In Texas at 02:04 PM
1 "Kinda cool" doesn't really seem to cover it.
Don't make get philosophical on your ass.
Posted by: jmflyyny at March 02, 2008 02:20 PM (l25Zd)
2 Hooyah! USS New York!
Posted by: thebronze at March 02, 2008 02:24 PM (uWXp9)
3 From the Wiki link: "The ship is designed to deliver a fully-equipped battalion of 700 Marines."
That is quite the industrial strength can of whoop-ass.
Posted by: DrewM. at March 02, 2008 02:28 PM (hlYel)
4 From the link: Several dignitaries were in attendance, including Louisiana Congressman William J. Jefferson
Posted by: lorien1973 at March 02, 2008 02:56 PM (8txow)
5 It's a beautiful thing.
It'll be at it's most beautiful the first time it steams through the Straight of Hormuz.
Posted by: mesablue at March 02, 2008 03:01 PM (KCOdQ)
6 Proud to say my brother was one of the Navy Program officers on this and the other San Antonio class amphibs. Hooah!
Posted by: Opinionator at March 02, 2008 04:06 PM (j2wCU)
7 Just for accuracy, should mention that there was only a small portion of the lower bow built with WTC steel - what is technically called the "cutwater" I believe, and which is alsoboth figuratively and literally"the pointy end of the boat". That's cool too.
Hugo, Dinnerjacket, Mr. Ronery: you all quitshoving and trying to cutahead in line now and just take a number - your turn will come.
Posted by: sherlock at March 02, 2008 04:18 PM (ojW85)
8 I expect "Dollar Bill" Jefferson was there because it's built in his district.
After looking at the picture, I decided that the U.S.S. NYC looks like a really high-tech, really pissed-off cruise ship.
Posted by: Trimegistus at March 02, 2008 05:27 PM (kiJRd)
9 How cool, opinionator! I attended the commissioning of the USS San Antonio, the first ship in the class, and we crawled over that ship, from the well deck (where the hovercraft are launched from) to the bridge. I should have been born a guy; my husband and son kept whining that they'd seen enough, but I wanted to see everything.
Another interesting thing, two of the other ships in the class will be named after other sites of the 9/11 attacks: Somerset (Somerset County, PA), and Arlington.
Posted by: stace at March 02, 2008 05:39 PM (4x6iT)
10 Will y'all PLEASE get it right...
It is NOT "whoop" ass, it is "WHUP" ass...
A whoop is making noise, whup is derived from whip..
You don't have to take my word for it, you can look the words up for yourself. Either way, get the shit straight.
Posted by: MOMinuteman at March 02, 2008 05:56 PM (TFBwS)
11 Should have called it the USS New York City, or, even better, the USS Fuck You Al-Qaeda.
Posted by: Xoxotl at March 02, 2008 06:27 PM (TbnX8)
12 Don't make get philosophical on your ass.
Too subtle? Yeah, I see your point.
Posted by: Dave in Texas at March 02, 2008 07:03 PM (Kz86N)
13 #11 Xoxotl,
I tend to agree.The USS New York City, a Los Angeles Class attack sub SSN-696, i sno longer on the active rolls. My understanding is that Gov. Pataki wanted to honor the state, not just the city as so many NY residents were killed on 9/11.
I do like the USS New York's motto: Never Forget!
Posted by: Opinionator at March 02, 2008 07:26 PM (j2wCU)
14 #9 Stace,
To totally brag on the bro', he was also XO of USS Shreveport when their marines were the first ones deployed to Afghanistan to engage the Taiban and Al Qaeda. I received an email from him on Chrismas 2001. He closed by saying he had to run as he was responsible for getting the Marines in Afghanistan Christmas dinner. I was never more proud until his recent tour as skipper of an LSD.
One other thing that happened on that tour is the Bataan, Whidbey Island and Shreveport all took turns flying the flag from the WTC on their main mast while their Marines kicked a$$ and took names.
Posted by: Opinionator at March 02, 2008 07:33 PM (j2wCU)
The ship was built by Northrup-Grumman at the Avondale Shipyards on the west bank of Jefferson Parish. (Named after Thomas, not Bill) I'd have to dig up an election map, but I think Avondale may be part of his district. I can see the shipyard from where I work. It's been nifty watching the USS New York get built.
Posted by: Cybrludite at March 02, 2008 09:04 PM (+Obzq)
16 So will the NYC nutrrots allow it to be docked at South Street Seaport?
Posted by: hutch1200 at March 02, 2008 09:06 PM (17krD)
17 Oh, yeah. You may notice a lack of antenna on top of the masts. Unless the River is exceptionally low, a San Antonio-class ship can't limbo under the Heuy P. Long Bridge with them in place. First stop's going to be another shipyard to get those put on, then it can go on about the business of delivering ass-kickers.
Posted by: Cybrludite at March 02, 2008 09:10 PM (+Obzq)
18 THE PHOENIX SHALL STRIKE THEM DEAD
Posted by: Spurwing Plover at March 02, 2008 11:37 PM (XnXsx)
19 Excuse me, but just what the hell is the Navy thinking, giving the name of a state to a miserable 'phib? Used to be that only capital ships were named after states. They bent that rule to name the Ohio class boomers for states, but at least those were still combat warships. Now they're putting a state's name on a troopship? When all the other ships in the class are named for cities (which is itself a tragedy -- was a time when only warships had city names, too)?
Posted by: wolfwalker at March 03, 2008 09:28 AM (eUc4O)
20 Wolf, my memory is foggy, but isn't 'New York' the name of a city too?
Posted by: jmflyyny at March 03, 2008 10:47 AM (l25Zd)
21 Wolf, point taken, but there's another principle at work here. Amphibs are usually named after battles/battlefields, so USS New York is definitely appropriate.
Posted by: IllTemperedCur at March 03, 2008 12:03 PM (5mRp0)
22 And that's a hell of a lot better than naming it after some influential Congress-critter, as a form of political suck-up.
Posted by: IllTemperedCur at March 03, 2008 12:05 PM (5mRp0)
23 Wolf, Gov. Pataki specifically requested that an exception be made so that a surface warship and not a submarine receive the name 'New York'.
Go read the article on the ship.
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