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The history of naming US Navy ships "New York" goes back to the Revolution and has a proud heritage that continues today. USS New York (LPD-21) is the fifth ship in the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock, and the sixth ship of the USS Navy to be named after the Great State of New York. The USS New York is state of the art and built by Northrop Grumman Ship Systems of New Orleans, Louisiana. The contract was awarded in 2003 and she was christened on March 01, 2008 at Avondale Shipyards in New Orleans by the former Secretary of the Navy, Gordon England's wife and ships sponsor Dotty England.

Three San Antonio Class warships were named to commorate the tragic events of September 11, 2001, when 2,760 people lost their lives in New York City. The other two ships will be named USS ARLINGTON (LPD-24) and USS SOMERSET (LPD-25). The contract for SOMERSET was awarded December 21, 2007, and construction will begin later this year. A special tribute to the people that died on 9/11 is the 7 1/2 tons of steel recovered from the World Trade Center and cast as USS NEW YORK's bow stem.

The USS New York was commissioned on November 07, 2009, this marked her entry into the United States Navy was held in New York City.