The New York (LPD 21), a San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock, is the sixth ship of the United States Navy to be named for the state of New York. The San Antonio-class is the United States Navy’s premiere amphibious transport dock and is designed to supply the United States Marine Corps with a highly-capable and thoroughly advanced surface warship to assist their various amphibious operations around the world, in both wartime and peacetime.
24 tons of the steel used in its construction came from the rubble of the World Trade Center, with seven tons melted down and cast to form the ship’s “stem bar,” part of the ship’s bow. November 7 2008, USS New York was commissioned during an 11 a.m. ceremony at Pier 88 in Manhattan.
Namesake: The state of New York
Complement: 28 officers, 332 enlisted
Capacity: Embarked Landing Force: 699; (66 officers, 633 enlisted); surge capacity to 800
Speed: In excess of 22 knots (25 mph; 41 km/h)
Christened: March 1, 2008
Motto: “Strength forged through sacrifice. Never forget.”