USS New York Arrives
in the Big Apple

Statue of LibertyUSS New York arrives in New York Harbor Monday morning, November 2, 2009, escorted by fireboats and a flotilla of private vessels. At approximately 8:00 a.m., she will come to All Stop in the Hudson River opposite the World Trade Center site, dip her colors, and fire a 21-gun salute to the people of the city and state which are her namesake. Following that poignant moment of remembrance honoring all those who died in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, she will make her way to Pier 88, on 12th Avenue at 48th Street, where she will be docked for the next 10 days near the Intrepid Sea Air Space Museum at Pier 86.

Returning the salute from the World Financial Center will be members of the Fire Department of New York, the New York Police Department, the NY/NJ Port Authority Police, members of 9/11 victims' families, and military veterans. The public is invited to attend the On-Shore Salute. The schedule is posted below.

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On Saturday, November 7, in a shipboard commissioning ceremony, her new captain, Navy Commander Curt Jones, a native of Binghamton, New York, will be given the time-honored order, "Captain, man your ship and bring her to life!" That traditional order will convert the ship, her officers and crew into a fully integrated, ready-for-duty active component of the United States Navy. And she will officially become USS New York, the U.S. Navy's newest amphibious warship, designed to deliver 800 Marines and their equipment wherever they are needed around the world.

USS New York Challenge Coin

During her visit to New York City, USS New York will be open for public visits on several days. A couple of days have been set aside exclusively for families of the 9/11 victims and first responders. The ship's visit schedule is posted below.

Wherever she goes, USS New York carries with her a piece of New York. Her bow stem was cast from more than 7 tons of scrap steel from the wreckage of the World Trade Center's Twin Towers, which was melted down and re-cast in a refinery in Amite, Louisiana.

This very special ship even has her own song, written by legendary performer Charlie Daniels, shown here singing at the ship's christening ceremony:

USS New York arrives Monday morning:
All times approximate

  • 7:35 a.m. - NEW YORK and escort vessels (USCG, Tugs, FDNY, NYPD, NJSP, Sandy Hook Pilot Boat NY, etc.) rendezvous at Verrazano Narrows Bridge enroute to Hudson River.
  • 7:40 a.m. - 9/11 vessel responder viewing area established.
  • 7:45 a.m. - FDNY fireboat water-cannon salute off Liberty Island
  • 8:00 a.m. - USS NEW YORK fires 21-gun salute off World Trade Center site in the Hudson River.
  • 8:10 a.m. - USS NEW YORK and escort vessels transit up river, coming about between West 137th and 154th Streets.
  • 9:30 a.m. - USS NEW YORK commences mooring at Pier 88. FDNY fireboat water cannon salute off Pier 86.

Ship's Visit Schedule:
Subject to change

Monday, November 2

  • USS New York arrives Pier 88 (48th Street and 12th Avenue) to gala welcome in New York Harbor by fireboats and private vessels
  • Commissioning Committee arrival event for ship's officers and senior enlisted

Tuesday, November 3

  • 12:00 - 4:00 - Onboard reception for 9/11 Families and First Responders

Wednesday, November 4

  • Special events throughout the day to honor the ship and crew
  • 10:00 - 4:00 - Ship open for public visiting

Thursday, November 5

  • NYC visit for crewmember families with various events, including a visit to the World Trade Center site, with reception to follow
  • 1:00 - 4:00 - Ship open for public visiting

Friday, November 6

  • Captain's reception for Commissioning Committee, Sponsors and Dais Guests
  • Continuation of visits by crewmembers' families and special city events for the crew

Saturday, November 7

  • Commissioning Ceremony. Attendance by invitation only, due to seating limitations.

Sunday, November 8

  • 9:00 - 12:00 - Ship open for public visiting
  • 12:00 - 4:00 - Onboard reception for 9/11 Families and First Responders

Monday, November 9 through Wednesday, November 11

  • 9:00 - 4:00 - Ship open for public visiting

Thursday, November 12

  • USS New York departs New York harbor

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