"We welcome the USS New York and her crew of 360 with open arms. They and their families will become a part of our community fabric. And while she is docked at these piers, our region’s dedicated and hard-working ship repair industrial base will keep her at the ready to answer our nation’s call.”
— Representative Ander Crenshaw (FL-04)
Congressman Ander Crenshaw (FL-04), a member of the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, sailed in to Naval Station Mayport in Jacksonville, Florida aboard the USS New York (LPD-21) as the amphibious warship arrived to homeport at the Navy base.
USS New York is one of three San Antonio Class warships named to commemorate the heroes and victims of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
U.S. Navy Amphibious Warships are unique combatant warships designed and built for survivability and to deploy and support missions anywhere in the world, in any type of conditions and on short notice. From major combat operations to humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, these warships make it possible for the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marines to respond swiftly and aggressively from sea and air in times of crisis.
The San Antonio class LPD is the newest and most advanced class of amphibious force ship in the U.S. Navy. The ships will continue to support amphibious assault, special operations or expeditionary warfare, and humanitarian missions throughout the first half of the 21st century. General James Amos, Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps, this week referred to the San Antonio class of amphibious warships as the “most successful hulls we have.”
USS New York is the first of the three Amphibious Readiness Group ships that will homeport at Naval Station Mayport. According to the U.S. Navy, the amphibious warships USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) and USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43) are expected to arrive in 2014.
U.S. Navy Amphibious Warships are unique combatant warships designed and built to deploy and support U.S. Marines anywhere in the world, in any type of conditions and on short notice. The survivability displayed in the construction of these warships is vital to protecting our brave Sailors and Marines who are on watch every day providing for our nation’s security.
Photo Source: U.S. Navy