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New Orleans-Built '9-11' Ship Delivered To Navy

A vessel built at the Avondale shipyard using steel from the World Trade Center was delivered to the U.S. Navy Friday.
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The U.S. Navy on Friday took delivery of a Louisiana-made warship built, in part, with some very special materials.

The USS New York -- a $1 billion amphibious assault vessel -- was constructed at the New Orleans "Avondale" shipyard of Northrop Grumman Corp.

Built into the vessel's bow: 7 1/2 tons of steel salvaged from the rubble of the World Trade Center. Workers inscribed the words "Never Forget" on their project.

First responders and family members of some of the victims of the Sept. 11 attack attended a christening back in 2008.

"It just shows the legacy and the strength of the country -- moving on past 9-11, past Hurricane Katrina," New York City firefighter Thomas Fee said at that event. "(It shows) the legacy and fortitude of the country to move on."

The New York is two football fields long and more than 100 feet across. It will sail down the Mississippi River on Oct. 13 and will make its way to its namesake state by November.

It is the fifth ship of a new class of military vessel.

The New York will carry a complement of 360 sailors and up to 800 Marines.

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