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|Posted: Thu Oct 22, 2009 8:32 pm Post subject: PUBLIC VISITATION FOR FUTURE USS NEW YORK
From Thu Oct 22, 2009 3:00 am to Tue Oct 27, 2009 2:59 am (included)
|Navy Office of Information, East
805 Third Avenue, 9th Floor
New York, NY 10022-7513
Office (212) 784-0130
October 15, 2009
For Immediate Release
NAVY ANNOUNCES WELCOME SALUTE AND
PUBLIC VISITATION FOR FUTURE USS NEW YORK (LPD 21)
DURING COMMISSIONING WEEK EVENTS IN NEW YORK CITY
NEW YORK, OCT 15 - The future USS NEW YORK (LPD 21), built with 7.5 tons of steel from the World Trade Center in her bow, will be commissioned in New York City on November 7, 2009. The ship will actually arrive on November 2, when the public can welcome her as she renders honors at the World Trade Center site, and by visiting the ship before she leaves on November 12, 2009.
At approximately 8:00 a.m., on November 2, the future USS NEW YORK will come to a standstill across from the World Trade Center site, dip her flag, and deliver a 21-gun salute. Members of the Fire Department of New York, the New York Police Department, Port Authority Police, members of the families of 9/11 victims and veteran's will gather on the shore at the North Cove in the World Financial Center to return the salute. Members of the general public are encouraged to attend
There will also be several opportunities for the general public to tour the ship when she is docked at Pier 88 at 12th Avenue and West 48 Street. The schedule is as follows:
Wednesday, November 4 - 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Thursday, November 5 - 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, November 8 - 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Monday, November 9 - 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday, November 10 - 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, November 11 - 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Members of the general public wishing to tour the ship should:
-- arrive early as lines my be long, especially on Sunday, Nov. 8.
-- enter at West 46th Street and 12th Avenue (by the Intrepid).
-- bring a photo ID.
-- wear comfortable shoes.
No large packages or backpacks will be permitted.
"It is an honor to be associated with the ship. We are all looking forward to sailing her to New York City for Commissioning," Commanding Officer F. Curt Jones said. "I have members of my crew that joined the Navy as a direct result of 9/11. I have crew members that have lost family members on 9/11. I have met numerous people as a result of being associated with the ship that lost family, friends...so we know that the steel that is part of the ship represents in some fashion those people. It represents loss but for us it also represents hope and we keep both of those things close to us," he added.
Please note dates and times subject to change. More up-to-date information on public tours will be found at www.ussny.org closer to the ship's arrival.