Navy Secretary Thanks Sailors Aboard Battleship Infused With WTC Steel
A Navy ship with a special connection to the World Trade Center has made its way up from Virginia, as it is in New York Harbor through Monday to pay tribute to those lost on 9/11, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus made a special visit aboard. NY1's Adam Balkin filed the following report.
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Anchored in New York Harbor, in full view of the Lower Manhattan skyline, is a high-tech fighting machine that has also become something of a floating tribute to those lost on September 11th.
The USS New York, with seven-and-a-half tons of steel reclaimed from the World Trade Center site in her hull, also has displays scattered throughout the ship filled with 9/11 artifacts. It was a fitting site for Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus to meet sailors face to face to both thank them for their service and remind them of why this particular vessel is so important.
"I told the crew what an amazing honor it was to serve on the USS New York, the importance of why it is here on this weekend and to live up to the motto, which is 'Strength Forged Through Adversity, Never Forget,'" said Mabus. "To be able to be here on the 10th anniversary, on the New York, has to be one of the most moving things, most powerful things I've ever done."
Crew members said because their ship has the special steel in the hull and has so much memorabilia on board, they view it is particular honor to serve on this ship on this anniversary.
"This ship is being guided, and we truly are, by 2,900 souls that are on board because of that steel and everyone who was lost that day at that site lives on board, breathes on board and is part of this crew to guide us to do the right thing and to always succeed," said USS New York Commander Will Herrmann.
The commander said every single New Yorker on the ship asked specifically to be on board, and most cut their on-land duties, so-called "shore tours," early to do so.