« Some Turkish Universities Ignore Lift on Headscarf Ban | Main | Analysis of Star Tribune Article on Minneapolis City Council Meeting »

USS New York Christened

The USS New York, the ship built from steel taken from the World Trade Center, was christened Saturday in Avondale, Louisiana, The New York Times reported. Families and friends of the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks were present at the event. Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England’s wife Dotty did the christening.
The bow of the USS New York is constructed from 7.5 tons of steel taken from Ground Zero, the BBC reported. The bow also has a shield, a banner reading “Never Forget? and two bars that represent the Twin Towers.
“I tell you, it's a fantastic day. Sometimes you think you're over something and then you realize you're not completely,? said New York Police Lt. Matt Murphy, tears welling in his eyes. (The New York Times)
According to BBC, the Navy generally reserves state names for submarines, but, after the attacks, former New York Governor George Pataki had requested that the ship bear his state’s name.
The USS New York, capable of carrying a crew of 360 sailors and 700 Marines, was specifically designed to be used during special missions against terrorists, The New York Times reported. The ship will be added to the fleet sometime next year.
“We're sending a message that we're standing strong,? said Lee Ielpi, president of the September 11th Families' Association. “This ship, as it cuts through the water, is going to send a ripple. That ripple will say, ‘We cherish our freedom’.? (BBC)