She's one of the most state-of-the-art warships in the Navy Fleet. An amphibious transport dock designed to deliver Marine Landing Forces swiftly and stealthily ashore. But the USS New York (LPD-21) also serves as a powerful reminder. Honoring victims of 9/11 with her namesake and a bow forged from salvaged World Trade Center steel. Sailing with a proud, vigilant and ever-mindful crew. Carrying the spirit of freedom and resilience wherever she goes.
The tragedy that unfolded on September 11, 2001, remains a moment etched into the consciousness of people everywhere. It was a day when America came under attack on its own sovereign soil by acts of terrorism.
Nearly 3,000 lives were lost. A stunned nation was drawn together. And among the good to rise up from the ashes was the construction of a bold deterrent against future acts of terror that would be appropriately named USS New York.
Building Upon a Legacy
History of USS New York
USS New York (LPD-21) is the fifth U.S. ship to be named for the state of New York. She carries on the legacy of an 18th-century gondola, a 19th-century frigate, a 20th-century armored cruiser and, most recently, the USS New York (BB-34) – a decorated battleship that saw action in both world wars before being decommissioned in 1946.
Current Motto and Crest
The current incarnation of USS New York is not only a modern marvel but also a ship that's special in all she stands for.
Her motto is "Strength Forged Through Sacrifice – Never Forget."
Her crest represents everything from World Trade Center towers to a phoenix rising, and it honors the sacrifices of everyone from the victims of 9/11 to the first responders on the scene that day.
Beyond that, further symbolism lies in the fact that her bow contains 7.5 tons of steel recovered from the fallen towers.
Projecting Sea Power
Manned by a crew of 360 dedicated Sailors and 3 permanently assigned Marines, able to berth up to 699 troops (with surge capacity of up to 800) and heavily armed, USS New York (LPD-21) presents a formidable deterrent in terms of personnel, equipment and capability.
Landing Platform Dock (LPD)
An amphibious transport dock, she is a warship primarily designed to embark, transport and deliver landing forces for a variety of expeditionary warfare missions. Featuring both a well deck and a flight deck, the USS New York can accomplish her mission utilizing resources ranging from Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) to MK-8 SEAL delivery vehicles to MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft.
San Antonio Class
As a San Antonio Class LPD, USS New York is one of the most modern and technologically advanced ships of her kind – complete with a streamlined, distinctive profile designed to evade radar detection.
Protecting America's Interests Worldwide
Amphibious assault. Special operations. Expeditionary warfare. Visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) operations. Whatever the essential mission USS New York is called to serve, she and her crew proudly uphold the responsibilities of America's Navy as A Global Force For Good moving forward – guided by the inspiration to Never Forget.