USS New York Visits NYC During Fleet Week

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) –It’s a “sort of” homecoming for one ship taking part in Fleet Week.

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The USS New York returned to her namesake’s harbor Wednesday as one of seven Navy ships and Coast Guard cutters dropping anchor. This morning, sailors paused to honor the victims of 9/11 as they sailed past Lower Manhattan.

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Some 7.5 tons of steel salvaged from the collapsed World Trade Center was used in the ship’s construction.

“It’s something that means a lot to me, to be on the New York,” said HM 2nd Class Latoya Jones from Brooklyn.

A handful of native New Yorkers were stationed on the New York, including Petty Officer First Class Alex Figueroa, who grew up in Brooklyn.

Petty Officer Second Class Aaron Palacio grew up in Brooklyn and joined the Navy shortly after September 11.

“It’s definitely special, because I was in New York when the World Trade Center incident happened, and I just wanted to give back,” he told CBS 2’s Kathryn Brown.

“It’s been a dream of mine, so it’s an amazing experience,” he said. “It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience. I’m from New York, so what better way to show my pride and show my patriotism than to be on board a ship that is a part of my city?”

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“It’s always in everybody’s mind, but it’s just something we got to work through and get past and keep fighting,” said Lance Corporal William McMorrow of Poughkeepsie.

Sailor Gloria Madena, who is from Washington Heights, agreed.

“It’s emotional,” Madena said. “It’s more than an honor and it’s very special. It’s dear to my heart.”

The ship is preparing for a 2012 deployment.

Eight ships are dropping anchor for Fleet Week. Five, including the New York, will be moored on Staten Island, while the others will dock in Manhattan, bringing 3,000 sailors, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen to the Big Apple.

It’s a chance for them to kick back, enjoy some R&R, and accept thanks for their sacrifice.

“People are appreciating what we do, because we’re still sacrificing our families and our lives to make sure that everybody else is safe in the country,” HM 2nd Class Jones said.

“There’s always work to be done. Everybody’s got responsibilities, but New York’s a great place. Everybody’s really excited to get over here and kind of see some of the things that there is to do,” said 1st Lt. Glen Harvey, a Marine from Locust Valley on Long Island. “A lot of marines and sailors haven’t experienced New York before, and it’s time for them to get out and see what’s up around here.”

During Fleet Week it will be open to the public, giving New Yorkers and tourists the chance to step on board, pay homage to those lost on 9/11, and honor those still fighting for our country.

“I can’t say. It chokes me up. It means everything. It means our freedom, our safety, everything,” said Peggy Keith of Yardley, PA.

Fleet Week kicked off with the Parade of Ships. At 8:00 a.m. Wednesday, ships cruised under the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, one by one.

They exchanged a gun salute as they passed Fort Hamilton in Brooklyn, then paused to honor the victims of 9/11 as they approached Lower Manhattan.

From there, they cruised up the Hudson River to the George Washington Bridge before turning to head to their home ports.

Military planes executed four separate flyovers.

Will you pay a visit to the USS New York? Sound off in our comments section below…

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  • Luis M

    I was on that ship today and I would like to say that it is quite humbling. The crew and ship were amazing and I was honored to be aboard the ship because I am only a Sea Cadet. God Bless the crew and all those who died on 9/11

  • jimmy

    How is it that 12 of the 9/11 terrorists could live for 2 weeks just 2 miles from NSA head quarters in Maryland.

    This after several of them had taken flight simulator lessons on Jumbo jet trainers and several of them where on State department terror watch lists.

    There is evidence that employees from DoD, CIA and DOJ accepted bribes from Al Quida.

    If DoJ and DoD employees where more concerned with doing their jobs than enriching themselves by stealing from suspects and taking bribes, then there might have been more a chance that 9/11 had never happened.

  • ken

    The most important thing, regardless of grammar, is GOD BLESS the men and women of OUR, the UNITED STATES ARMED FORCES.

  • Brian

    I would have been a helpful report had it bothered to say where the ship will
    be berthed for fleet week and boarding times etc,

  • Anthony W

    Really Michael H, is that all you got out of this article?

    • Michael H.

      It stuck out at me like a sore thumb. Maybe it’s what I get for marrying an English major.

      A major market new agency like CBS, which is very visible on the world stage, should strive for perfection in its reporting.

      With that said, it’s Fleet Week! A huge “Welcome to NYC!” to all of our visiting sailors and Marines!

  • Michael H.

    Poor wording on CBS’s part. “The ship was made from 7.5 tons of steel salvaged from the collapsed World Trade Center.”

    Far more than 7.5 tons of steel is used to build this ship. Change the wording of “made from” to “made including”.

    • Michael H.

      CBS changed the article based on my recommendation but with better wording. Thank you for listening to your readers!

      • Val

        Michael, I’m with you. I see so many grammatical errors in news reporting that it’s pathetic. Thank you for your comment, and I’m glad CBS listened.

    • Michael H.

      Thermite evidence? Gone the next day? You do realize it took them MONTHS to dig through the rubble pile, right? You do realize that no “thermite” was ever found at the site? You “truthers” are just as bad as the people who don’t think we landed on the moon, or people that think Elvis is still alive.

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