The Eastern Shore Defense Alliance (ESDA) hosted a reception for thirty crew members of the USS New York on Thursday, April 23 at 3:30 pm.
The story of the USS New York is well known; tons of World Trade Center steel has been used in the bow of the ship and the ship motto is, “Strength forged through sacrifice. Never forget.” Additional information, including photos and videos of the ship can be found at http://www.ussnewyork.com
The crew members from the ship were training at Wallops Island VA. The training was provided by the Center for Surface Combat Systems (CSCS) Detachment on equipment operated by Surface Combat Systems Center (SCSC). The Navy organizations based at Wallops Island began training sailors in 1986 and have trained many sailors and ship crews. Additional ships are planned to be trained by these organizations. Additional information about SCSC can be found here.
During the reception, proclamations were presented to the crew from Accomack County, Town of Chincoteague and City of Pocomoke.
The Commanding Officer (CO) of USS New York, Commander F. Curtis Jones (a native of New York) provided a brief description of the ship and the dedication of the crew to upholding the lofty ideals of the ship; to memorialize and honor the many victims of the attack on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Commander Jones introduced a number of crew members who hail from New York.
The Navy plans two future ships of the same type as USS New York; one to be named Arlington, where the Pentagon is located, and Somerset, where Flight 93 ended. Crew members from both of those ships will train at Wallops Island.Official Press Release Defense Alliance honors crew of USS New York _ delmarvanow