The USS New York, carrying 7.5 tons of World Trade Center steel in her bow arrived in New York today. She stopped near Ground Zero and rendered a 21-gun salute from her deck guns. She will be commissioned into service on Saturday. Approximately 13% of her crew is from the state of New York.
Two sister ships will carry names which are also in honor of those killed on 9/11/2001. The USS Arlington (in memory of those killed in the Pentagon attack) and the USS Somerset (in honor of those killed on United 93). The Arlington is scheduled for delivery in 2009 and the commissioning in 2010. The Somerset will follow with delivery in 2010 and commissioning in 2011.