USS New York made from WTC steel sails in for Fleet Week 2019

Mike Montone
May 22, 2019 - 3:00 pm
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Fleet Week returned to New York Harbor with the Parade of Ships on Wednesday.

1010 WINS' Al Jones hitched a ride on the USS New York following a welcome from the guns of Fort Hamilton.

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It was a homecoming for HN White aboard his new home.

"When I joined the military, the only I wanted to do was come on the New York because it was the only ship I actually knew," he said.

For Luis Sanchez from the Bronx, the week meant pride in his ship and a welcome aboard to all visitors.

"Anytime people come here we would love to show you guys, this is what we do and this is why we do it," he said.

Of course the food helps too.

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"It is super duper hard to get a bacon, egg, and cheese, with salt, pepper, and ketchup on a roll, anywhere else," he said.

The warship at Pier 88 is open for tours. It might be of particular interest to New Yorkers because it was made from a piece of the city.

As military blog Task And Purpose explains, the New York's nose is made from steel salvaged from the wreckage of the World Trade Center.

"Every ship in the Navy has a namesake room or a legacy room, but on our ship the whole ship is a legacy to what happened," Command Master Chief Ben Hodges said back in 2018.

The homage doesn't stop there. Every day the ship's chaplain chooses a 9/11 victim to honor with the day's prayer, making it impossible to forget September 11.

"We talk to all of our sailors when they initially check in and explain to them the significance of what they are a part of," Hodges said. "You can't help when you walk around the ship to notice all the things meant to remind you of why you serve."

The scrap used for the ship was located at a Staten Island landfill, and is believed to have come from the south tower.

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