USS NEW YORK
LPD 21
  
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The New York (LPD 21), a San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock, is the sixth ship of the United States Navy to be named for the state of New York.

Shortly after 11 September 2001, Governor of New York George E. Pataki wrote a letter to Secretary of the Navy Gordon England requesting that the Navy bestow the name USS New York on a surface warship involved in the War on Terror in honor of September 11's victims. In his letter, the Governor said he understood state names presently are reserved for submarines but asked for special consideration so the name could be given to a surface ship. The request was approved August 28, 2002.

24 tons of the steel used in its construction came from the rubble of the World Trade Center, with seven tons melted down and cast to form the ship's "stem bar," part of the ship's bow.

March 1, 2008 The Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) New York was christened in a ceremony at Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding facilities in New Orleans, La. Mrs. Dotty England, the wife of Deputy Secretary of Defense, Gordon England, served as the ship’s sponsor. Cmdr. F. Curtis Jones is the prospective commanding officer.

June 27, 2009 LPD 21 departed Avondale to conduct builder's trials in the Gulf of Mexico.

July 24, The New York returned to Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding shipyard in New Orleans after a three-day underway for acceptance trials.

August 21, The U.S. Navy took delivery of PCU New York during a ceremony at Avondale Shipyard.

October 22, The New York arrived in its new homeport of Naval Station Norfolk for the first time. The ship departed Avondale on Oct. 13.

November 2, LPD 21 pulled into New York City after a four-day transit from Norfolk.

November 7, USS New York was commissioned during an 11 a.m. ceremony at Pier 88 in Manhattan.

November 18, The amphibious transport dock returned to Norfolk Naval Station.

January 12, 2010 The inspectors discovered the "premature failure" of bearings on the ship’s main propulsion diesel engines during a week long, at-sea examination that followed the New York’s November commissioning. USS New York now must undergo repairs to replace faulty engine parts but is unknown how long will have to stay pierside and how serious the failures are.

March 3, USS New York departed Norfolk in support of fleet training operations. Inport Naval Station Mayport, Fla., from March 10-1?.

March 22, LPD 21 successfully completed its Combat Systems Ship's Qualification Trials (CSSQT), after a 15-day underway at sea conducting tests of the ship's weapons systems.

April 8, The New York is currently underway for routine training.

April 20, USS New York departed homeport to participate in Amphibious Squadron (Phibron)/ Marine Expeditionary Unit Integration Training (PMINT), with the Kearsarge (LHD 3) Amphibious Ready Group (ARG).

October 21, Capt. John G. Bruening, Commander, Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 8, relieved the New York's Command Master Chief (SW) Robert W. Stocklin for carrying on an "unduly familiar relationship" with a female crew member.

February 11, 2011 Cmdr. William Herrmann relieved Cmdr. F. Curtis Jones as CO of the USS New York during a change-of-command ceremony aboard the ship at BAE Systems Shipyard. The amphibious transport dock recently passed a final contract trials certification by the Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV).

March 15, LPD 21 is currently conducting routine training in the Atlantic Ocean.

May 25, USS New York moored at Homeport Pier in Staten Island, N.Y., to participate in the 24th Fleet Week New York, from May 25- June 1.

September 8, USS New York arrived in New York City to participate in events marking the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks. Embarked aboard the ship are 170 members of the 9/11 Families Association, including families of victims and first responders. The New York will spend a few days at a Manhattan pier before moving to an anchorage in the Hudson River. On Sunday, it will move to a location within sight of the World Trade Center.

October 28, The amphibious transport dock is currently underway for Amphibious Squadron (Phibron)/Marine Expeditionary Unit Integration Training (PMINT), as part of the USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) ARG, in preparation for the upcoming deployment early next year.

December 21, LPD 21 returned to Norfolk after a three-week underway for Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX).

January 27, 2012 USS New York departed homeport for Certification Exercise (CERTEX) and a multinational amphibious assault exercise Bold Alligator 2012.

March 27, USS New York departed Naval Station Norfolk for its maiden deployment.

April 9, The amphibious transport dock is currently off Cap Draa, Morocco, supporting bilateral training exercise African Lion 2012.

April 17, The New York pulled into Naval Station Rota, Spain, for a three-day port call.

April 23, USS New York arrived in La Spezia, Italy, for a three-day port visit.

April 29, LPD 21 recently pulled into Naples, Italy, for a routine port call. Transited the Strait of Messina on May 5; Transited the Suez Canal on May 9.

May 10, USS New York is currently in the Gulf of Aqaba participating in a multi-national exercise Eager Lion.

June 12, The New York pulled into Khalifa Bin Salman Port at Hidd, Bahrain, for a four-day port call.

June 20, Capt. Jon C. Kreitz relieved Cmdr. William Herrmann as CO of the USS New York during a change-of-command ceremony aboard the ship in the Arabian Sea.

August 2, The amphibious transport dock anchored off the coast of Victoria, Seychelles, for a four-day port visit.

October 15, USS New York departed Salalah, Oman, after a routine port call to take on fuel; Transited the Suez Canal on Nov. 5.

November 11, The New York arrived in Naval Station Rota for a four-day port call to conduct agricultural counter-measure washdowns of all embarked equipment.

December 16, LPD 21 pulled into Port of Morehead City, N.C., to offload Marines and equipment from the 24th MEU.

December 20, USS New York returned to homeport after an extended nine-month deployment in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet Areas of Responsibilty (AoR).

September 13, 2013 The New York departed Naval Station Norfolk for routine training in the Virginia Capes Op. Area.

November 6, The amphibious transport dock departed Norfolk for routine training and a transit to New York, N.Y.

November 8, USS New York moored at Berth 1, Manhattan's Pier 88 in New York City for a four-day port visit to participate in Veterans Week NYC 2013.

December 6, USS New York arrived in its new homeport of Naval Station Mayport, Fla., after a two-day transit from Norfolk, Virginia.

January 21, 2014 The New York departed Echo Wharf, Naval Station Mayport for local operations.

February 5, LPD 21 is currently underway for testing with the RQ-21A Small Tactical Unmanned Air System (STUAS) in the Jacksonville Op. Area.

February 14, Capt. Christopher W. Brunett relieved Capt. Jon C. Kreitz as the 4th CO of New York during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ship.

March 3, USS New York recently departed homeport for routine training in the Jacksonville OPAREA.

April 26, The New York, with embarked Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron (HMLA) 269 Detachment and approx. 120 Marines from the 2nd Assault Amphibian Battalion and 2nd Bn, 6th Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, recently departed Mayport en route to Port Everglades.

April 28, USS New York moored at Berth 22, Pier 7 in Port Everglades, Fla., for a week-long port visit to participate in 24th Broward County Navy Days Ft. Lauderdale.

May 9, The amphibious transport dock moored at Berth 9, General Cargo Terminal in Port of Morehead City, N.C., for a three-day port call.

September 3, The New York departed Mayport for a 22-day underway to participate in ARG/24th MEU Exercise (MEUEX) as part of the USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) ARG.

September 12, An MH-60R Seahawk, currently embarked aboard the USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109), performed the at-sea rescue of a Sailor, shortly after 11 p.m. EDT. The successful SAR mission was initiated after the Sailor failed to report for muster aboard the USS New York, while underway off the coast of South Carolina.

October 3, USS New York recently departed homeport for a Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) and Bold Alligator 2014.

October 28, The New York moored at Berth 9, General Cargo Terminal in Port of Morehead City, N.C., for a two-day port call.

December 11, USS New York departed Naval Station Mayport for a scheduled deployment as part of the USS Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group (ARG).

December 25, LPD 21 entered the Mediterranean Sea after transiting Strait of Gibraltar.

December 31, USS New York moored at Finger Berth in Port of Haifa, Israel, for a four-day liberty visit; Transited the Suez Canal on Jan. 10, 2015; Transited the Strait of Hormuz northbound on Jan. 20.

January 27, The New York departed Port of Mina Zayed, United Arab Emirates, after a liberty visit to Abu Dhabi.

January 30, The amphibious transport dock commenced offload of Marines and equipment, while anchored off Kuwait Naval Base, for a month-long sustainment training exercises; Anchored off Kuwait again for backload from Feb. 26- March 2.

March 4, USS New York moored at Berth 12, Mina Salman Port in Manama, Bahrain, for a six-day port call; Transited the Strait of Hormuz southbound on March 14.

March 27, LPD 21 recently commenced offload of Marines and equipment at Arta Beach, Djibouti, for a sustainment training exercises; Transited the Bab el-Mandeb Strait northbound on April 22; Transited southbound on April 28.

May 1, Capt. Kenneth M. Coleman relieved Capt. Christopher W. Brunett as CO of the New York during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ship while underway in the Gulf of Aden.

May 5, USS New York commenced offload at Arta Beach, Djibouti, for a sustainment training exercises with the French military; Backload from May 21-22.?

May 26, The New York moored at Aqaba Naval Base, Jordan, for a five-day port call to conduct agricultural counter-measure washdowns; Transited the Bab el-Mandeb Strait southbound on June 4; Transited the Suez Canal northbound on June 21; Transited the Strait of Messina on June 27.

June 30, USS New York moored at Berth 162, Leon Gourret Cruise Terminal in Port of Marseille, France, for a three-day liberty visit; Transited the Strait of Gibraltar westbound on July 5.

July 15, The amphibious transport dock recently moored at General Cargo Terminal in Port of Morehead City for offload and to embark friends and family members for a Tiger Cruise.

July 19, USS New York moored at Delta Wharf on Naval Station Mayport after more than a seven-month deployment in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet AoR. The ship also made port call to Muscat, Oman.

October 9, General Dynamics NASSCO Mayport was awarded a $34,8 million contract for the Phased Maintenance Availability (PMA) on LPD 21. Work is expected to be completed by October 2016.

November 8, USS New York moored at Berth 1, Manhattan's Pier 88 in New York City for a five-day port visit to participate in Veterans Week NYC 2015.

December ?, The New York commenced a 10-month availability while moored at Berth 1, Echo Wharf.

October 12, 2016 Capt. Todd D. Vandegrift relieved Capt. Kenneth M. Colemant as CO of the USS New York during a change-of-command ceremony aboard the ship.

November 27, USS New York departed Naval Station Mayport for sea trials following an extended 12-month Phased Maintenance Availability (PMA).