NY Daily News - November 02, 2009by Stephanie Gaskell
Welcome aboard!The Navy's newest vessel - a $1 billion amphibious transport dock made with 7.5 tons of World Trade Center steel - will sail up the Hudson Monday morning, going past Ground Zero to pay respects to the victims of the Sept. 11 attacks.
On board the New York are 360 sailors and more then 200 Marines, who will line the rails.
"I'm really excited," said Marine Lance Cpl. Eugene Marmantov, 27, of Brooklyn. "It's my city."
The sailors and Marines are looking forward to getting a Big Apple greeting as they dock near the Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum on Manhattan's West Side.
Among those sailing the ship into New York is Lee Iepli, who lost his firefighter son, Jonathan, in the attacks.
"This is probably one of the biggest positive things to come out of [the attacks]," he said of the ship.
The ship, which will be docked here until Nov. 12, will be commissioned on Saturday. It's open to the public for tours.
For more information on touring the ship, visit www.ussnewyork.org.