USS New York, a ship built using steel from the World Trade Center, will be commissioned in New York on Saturday

USS New York, a warship built using steel from the wreckage of the World Trade Center, will be commissioned in its namesake city on 7 November. 7.5 tons of steel salvaged from the wreckage was melted down and formed to make the bow stem of the amphibious transport dock ship.

Use of the steel symbolises the spirit and resiliency of the people of New York during and after the tragic events of 11 September 2001, the US Navy said, adding that the ship’s motto is: “Strength forged through sacrifice. Never forget.”

The 24,900-ton ship was built by Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding in Louisiana and is capable of embarking a landing force of up to 800 marines together with landing craft, vehicles, and tilt-rotor aircraft. She will be based at Norfolk, Virginia, as a part of the US Navy’s Atlantic Fleet.