The U.S. Navy has built three ships and named them after the
locations where the 9/11 attacks took place. This is just to remember that
America should not and indeed cannot forget the devastating
The ships, USS New York, USS Arlington, and USS Somerset, each
incorporated materials from the sites in honor of the victims and first
York (LPD 21), named in honor of the New York City where the attacks on the
World Trade Center occurred, is constructed with 7.5 tons of steel built into
the ship’s bow stem that was salvaged from Ground Zero.
Built by Northrop Grumman
Shipbuilding at the former Avondale shipyard in New Orleans and delivered in
2010, it was the first of the LPD 17-class ships built to honor the victims.
“This ship will be a symbol,” said LPD 17-class
program manager Capt. Bill Galinis, upon the USS New York’s delivery now nine
years ago. “The Navy and the shipbuilder have worked hand-in-hand to deliver
this highly capable warship to the Navy and our nation. It has been a
tremendous privilege for all of us who have had an opportunity to participate
in the construction of this ship.”
The next ship, USS Arlington (LPD 24), was delivered in 2012 and
is named in honor of Arlington County, Virginia, where American Airlines Flight
77 crashed into the west wall of the Pentagon.
Built by Huntington Ingalls Industries, it contains a “Tribute
Room” that includes a section of I-Beam and remnants from the crash site.
Somerset (LPD 25), named in honor Somerset County where United Airlines Flight 93
crashed into a field, was also constructed with 22 tons of steel in the ship’s
bow, taken from one of two mining excavators present at the site at the time of
the fatal crash.