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NY Post - November 02, 2009

USS New York -- the 684-foot amphibious-assault ship forged, in part, from steel salvaged from the World Trade Center after the 9/11 attacks -- sails into New York Harbor this morning ahead of her formal commissioning on Saturday. She'll be welcomed by a flotilla of local craft as she steams under the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, delivering a 21-gun salute as she passes Ground Zero.

No question, the Navy got this tribute to 9/11 heroism overwhelmingly right.

New York herself is rich with symbolism. In addition to 7.5 tons of Twin Towers steel in her bow, the ship's insignia is a collage in homage to the NYPD and FDNY.

Her motto: "Never Forget."

Then there's her 359-sailor crew, led by Binghamton native Cmdr. Curtis Jones -- consisting in large part of New Yorkers who eagerly volunteered for the assignment.

Fitting, too, is her purpose: She can deliver up to 800 Marines to anywhere in the world with a shoreline -- along with their equipment, amphibious landing craft and assault aircraft.

Which means that it's only a matter of time before USS New York sees action in the same War on Terror that literally forged her.

She'll be docked at West 48th Street, near the Intrepid Museum, until Nov. 12, and will be open for public tours.

New Yorkers should take the opportunity to give their city's namesake a grand welcome.