The USS New York was christened Saturday in Avondale, La., in an official ceremony that is the culmination of what may be the most patriotic recycling projects in history.
The LPD 17 San Antonio class amphibious transport dock ship includes more than 7 tons of steel salvaged from the wreckage of the World Trade Center, whose twin towers were brought down by an Al Qaeda suicide attack Sept. 11, 2001.
Then-New York Gov. George Pataki said, when the decision was made to use the salvaged steel, that the ship would "be used to forge an even stronger national defense."
The steel was included in the bow stem of the ship, part of the main hull.
The decision to use the steel in a new U.S.-made ship came at a time when much U.S. scrap steel is shipped to China, to feed that country's meteoric economic growth.
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