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USS New York hosts VIPs Abroad

Navy News Service

Story Number: NNS120519-07

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Zane P. Ecklund, USS New York Public Affairs

NAPLES, Italy (NNS) -- The amphibious transport dock ship USS New York (LPD 21) hosted a combined two-day distinguished guest open house on board while in port in Naples, Italy, May 1-2.

Commander, U.S. 6th Fleet Vice Adm. Frank Pandolfe; Joint Force Command Director of Operations Maj. Gen. Garry Dean and foreign military attachés visited the ship and crew.

"It has been a wonderful opportunity to visit this magnificent ship," said Pandolfe. "The name USS New York and the unique ties this ship has to that great city make this a very special ship indeed."

Seven and a half tons of World Trade Center steel were used in the construction of the San Antonio-class ship. USS New York Commanding Officer Cmdr. Will Herrmann was proud to display the ship and the efforts of Sailors who keep her floating on a day-to-day basis.

"Having Vice Adm. Pandolfe on board New York was really a good way to show off the (LPD) ship class," said Herrmann. "Coming to New York shows him everything the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) and the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) bring to the table."

The capabilities of the ship and of the Sailors and Marines who bring her to life were on display to guests as soon as they crossed the quarterdeck. Visitors had the opportunity to view landing craft air cushions (LCACs), amphibious assault vehicles (AAVs), howitzer cannons, and helicopters. In addition, the tours were guided by subject matter experts who explained the ship's self defense system as well as other integral technology within the bridge and combat information center.

"I was most impressed by the passion and dedication of Sailors and Marines who made up the (New York) team, and the special significance that USS New York symbolizes for every American serving our great nation," said Dean.

Understanding the value of offering tours and explaining the crew's mission and the ship's capabilities is a responsibility Sailors aboard New York are proud to accept. They understand that a simple tour is a step toward building lasting relationships and fostering diplomacy abroad.

"Being able to explain what New York does, and how we can help maintain peace in the world helps not only the ship, but the Navy and America as a whole," said Lt. Cmdr. Rebecca Domzalski, USS New York operations officer. "New York is a good steward of foreign relations and shows people from other nations the positive aspects of the American spirit and abilities that help other countries to understand who we are."

New York is part of the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group with the embarked 24th Expeditionary Unit (MEU). USS New York is the sixth ship named for the state of New York, and the fifth amphibious transport dock ship in the San Antonio class. Her motto is "Strength through sacrifice. Never forget."

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