Thursday, November 5, 2009
The USS New York (LPD 21) arrives at New York Harbor on Nov. 2 for its commissioning ceremony. Photo by Amy C. Elliott The USS New York (LPD 21), built with 7.5 tons of steel from the World Trade Center wreckage, sailed into New York City on Nov. 2. The San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock will be commissioned into the U.S. fleet at 11 a.m., Nov. 7, at Piers 86 and 88 in New York Harbor.
When the warship arrived, it made a stop across from the site of the World Trade Center and fired a 21-gun salute. Once docked, the New York’s crew began hosting public tours. The ship will be open to the media Nov. 6.
The American Legion will cover Saturday’s commissioning and related events leading up to it.
On Nov. 4, American Legion Post 1870 – which meets on board the USS Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum, – hosted 20 U.S. Marines serving with the New York (docked next to the Intrepid). The fleet Marines got a fine dinner while their hosts thanked them for their service and filled them in on the Legion’s programs and services.
Legionnaires will tour the New York today as part of the New York Police Department Wounded Warriors tour.