USS New York (LPD-21) Landing Pad Dock (LPD) Warship
The USS New York was granted use of 7 tons of special steel in her construction, this steel coming from the remnants of the World Trade Center attacks of September 2001.
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The USS New York represents the fifth vessel in the San-Antonio class and the sixth ship to be named after the great American city. The San Antonio-class is the United States Navy's premiere amphibious transport dock (LPD) which began entering commissioned service in 2006. Twelve such systems are ultimately planned with five now (as of this writing) in operational duty. The San Antonio-class of ships is slated to replace some forty or so total surface warships for the United States Navy by program's end. The USS New York will supply the United States Marine Corps with a highly-capable and thoroughly advanced surface warship to assist their various amphibious operations around the world, in both wartime and peacetime.
USS New York Walk-Around
Like the other San Antonio-class ships, the USS New York's profile is dominated by her two octagonal-shaped pyramid funnel towers atop her two superstructures. The bow is curved at the deck and tapers off sharply down into the waterline while the large-area flight deck is clearly visible at the stern of the craft. The hangar door can be seen off of the flight deck and faces the stern. A large access drop ramp is located above the water line at the face of the stern (under the flight deck). The forward-placed RAM (Rolling Airframe Missile) system is offset to the left of the superstructure just forward and below the bridge whilst the rear-facing RAM system is offset to the right of the rear superstructure, above the hangar door. A utility crane can be seen with its base set along the port side. The internal rear storage area of the USS New York allows amphibious landing craft to enter and exit through the large rear loading ramp. Internally, amidships is divided into three separate floors housing the applicable Marine amphibious vehicles and the like. Air elements are kept in the hangar above and operate along the reinforced flight deck as needed. The San Antonio-class also makes use of a very distinct-looking angular hull shape.
Dimensions and Performance
The USS New York sports an overall length of 684 feet and a 661-foot length at the waterline. She has a 105 overall beam measure and a 97-foot beam measure at the waterline. Her draught is listed at 23 feet. Power is supplied by 4 x sequentially-turbocharged marine Cold-Pielstick diesel engines delivering 41,600 shaft horsepower to two shafts. This arrangement will allow for a top listed speed of 22 knots.