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WARSHIP BEING BUILT OUT OF TWIN TOWERS WRECKAGE: In a shipyard in New Orleans, survivors of one disaster are building a monument to another

 
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WARSHIP BEING BUILT OUT OF TWIN TOWERS WRECKAGE: In a shipyard in New Orleans, survivors of one disaster are building a monument to another
"The $1 billion vessel is one of a new generation of amphibious assault ships capable of landing a 700-strong Marines assault force on a coastline almost anywhere without the need for a port."


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The Times May 22, 2006


Warship built out of Twin Towers wreckage


By Tom Baldwin


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In a shipyard in New Orleans, survivors of one disaster are building a monument to another


The USS New York is being built in New Orleans using steel from the September 11 attack on the World Trade Centre (PAIGE EATON)

IN A city still emerging from the floods of Hurricane Katrina, a ship has begun to rise from the ashes of the September 11 terrorist attacks.

Bringing together America’s two great calamities of the 21st century, the USS New York is being built in New Orleans with 24 tonnes of steel taken from the collapsed World Trade Centre.

There is no shortage of scrap metal in New Orleans these days, but the girders taken from Ground Zero have been treated with a reverence usually accorded to religious relics. After a brief ceremony in 2003, about seven tonnes of steel were melted down and poured into a cast to make the bow section of the ship’s hull.

Some shipworkers say the hairs stood up on the backs of their necks the first time they touched it. Others have postponed their retirement so they can be part of the project.

One worker, Tony Quaglino, said: “I was going to go in October 2004 after 40 years here, but I put it off when I found out I could be working on New York. This is sacred and it makes me very proud.” Glen Clement, a paint superintendent, said: “Nobody passes by that bow section without knocking on it. Everybody knows what it is made from and what it’s about.”

The ship is being built by Northrop Grumman on the banks of the Mississippi. It should be ready to join the US Navy in 2007.

Later vessels in its class will include USS Arlington — named after the section of the Pentagon that was also hit by an airliner on September 11 — and USS Somerset, in memory of United Flight 93, which crashed in a field in Somerset County, Pennsylvania, on the same day as passengers struggled with al-Qaeda hijackers.

Mr Clement said it would be fitting if USS New York’s first mission was to capture Osama bin Laden. He said: “They hit us first, but out of a tragedy a good thing has come, in that we’re building a ship which can help take those people out.”

The $1 billion vessel is one of a new generation of amphibious assault ships capable of landing a 700-strong Marines assault force on a coastline almost anywhere without the need for a port.

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Re: WARSHIP BEING BUILT OUT OF TWIN TOWERS WRECKAGE: In a shipyard in New Orleans, survivors of one disaster are building a monument to another
I've seen the earlier and latest design on the future USS New York. Beautiful, sleek, and dangerous.
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Re: WARSHIP BEING BUILT OUT OF TWIN TOWERS WRECKAGE: In a shipyard in New Orleans, survivors of one disaster are building a monument to another
Gosh, that's, uh, swell.

We can always use more weaponry...

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