Through American history, there have been several warships named " USS NEW YORK ." Each one played a part in establishing America 's legacy of defending freedom.
Battleship (BB 34)
In 1911, a battleship took the name "NEW YORK." Following flagship duty in WWI, she transferred to the Pacific, then back to the Atlantic in 1935. She supported the invasion of North Africa in 1942, returned to the Pacific for the bombardment of Iwo Jima, and was used in atomic tests after WWII. She was eventually decommissioned in 1946. She earned one battle star each for Iwo Jima, Okinawa and North Africa.
Armored Cruiser (CA2)
Commissioned in 1893, she served as flagship of the U.S. South Atlantic squadron at the outbreak of the Spanish-American War. She served as flagship of the Asiatic Fleet in the early 1900's, assisting in the destruction of the Spanish Fleet, before being named "SARATOGA". She played important roles in World Wars I and II and participated in atomic tests in 1946. She was decommissioned later that year.
This steam-powered single-master started out as the " ONTARIO" in 1863, was renamed " NEW YORK " in 1869 and was sold in 1888 after never leaving port. She never served in war.
One of nine such vessels ordered by Congress after the War of 1812, this 74-gun USS NEW YORK was completed in 1825 but never saw active duty. Near the start of the Civil War, Union forces destroyed her rather than let her fall into the hands of Confederate Troops approaching from Virginia.
This 36-gun vessel was commissioned in October 1800 and was commanded by Captain Richard V. Morris. Along with five other frigates, she protected merchantmen en route to the Caribbean during a period of military tension with France in 1800-01. She saw action between 1802-03, only to be burned in harbor by the British at the culmination of the War of 1812.
Commissioned by General Benedict Arnold in 1776, the first NEW YORK was a gondola featuring one 12 and two 9-pounder cannons. She also had 8 swivel guns. She participated in the Battle of Valcour Island ( Lake Champlain) on October 1776 but was burned two days later to avoid her capture by the British.
Landing Platform Dock (LPD-21)
Today’s USS New York (LPD-21) incorporates advanced performance and war-fighting technologies that will enhance the fleet’s operational flexibility and ability to support emerging concepts such as Sea Power 21, Operational Maneuver from the Sea (OMFTS) and Ship-to-Objective Maneuver (STOM). Among the advanced features that distinguish San Antonio class ships are composite-material Advanced Enclosed Mast/Sensor systems; state-of-the-art C4ISR and self-defense systems; a Shipboard Wide Area Network (SWAN) “information superhighway”; and improved habitability for embarked Sailors and Marines.
In 2009, NEW YORK transitioned from a Pre-Commissioning Detachment to an operational ship, creating and sustaining a trained, war-ready force prepared for any challenge. From the delivery of the ship to the crew and assumption of command of CDR F. Curt Jones on 21 August, NEW YORK set a standard of success and excellence that she maintained throughout the rest of the year. Upon successful completion of Crew Certification from 10-12 October, NEW YORK began her first underway, transiting from Avondale, LA to her homeport, Norfolk VA.
Shortly after arriving, NEW YORK pulled out of Norfolk Naval Station on 29 October in transit to New York City, NY. There, during Commissioning Week, NEW YORK hosted thousands of public tours of the ship as well as numerous individual tours for distinguished guests to include Mayor Bloomberg, Woody Johnson, the New York Jets, and others. At the commissioning Ceremony on 7 November, Secretary of State Hillary R. Clinton attended as key-note speaker as well as the CNO, Mayor Bloomberg, former Mayor Giuliani, Governor Patterson and other distinguished guests.
On the return trip to Norfolk, 15-18 November, NEW YORK completed Amphibious Warfare certification. Once returned to Norfolk, from 18 November until the end of the year, NEW YORK continued on her course of training, which included Combat Systems Sea Qualification Trial (CSSQT), on the way to become a fully operational, deployable unit.
USS NEW YORK had a very successful first year in commission. She was underway for three months in the spring supporting gunnery and missile exercises as well as exercises with the Marine Corps, Army Special Forces, and Navy Seals before arriving at BAE Systems Shipyard for Post Shakedown Maintenance Availability.
In April, NEW YORK took part in the KEARSARGE ARG PHIBRON-MEU INTEGRATION (PMINT) Exercise. During PMINT, NEW YORK had many consecutive early morning sea and anchor details to load and land equipment and personnel.
NEW YORK spent May, June, July, August, September, and part of October at BAE Systems Shipyard. This shipyard period consisted of the first ever crankshaft replacement in an LPD-17 Class.
Following the shipyard period, NEW YORK successfully conducted sea trials and her first ever underway replenishment with USNS ROBERT E. PEARY (T-AKE 5). The latter part of the year was spent preparing for Final Contract Trials in February 2011.
Throughout 2010, NEW YORK Sailors displayed their professionalism, enthusiasm, and drive to excel. Whether shooting missiles, putting Marines ashore, working as part of an Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), or conducting repairs, NEW YORK Sailors met every challenge head on.
2011 was very busy as NEW YORK prepared for her Maiden Deployment. The year started with Final Contractor Trials in January, where the ship was put through her paces and passed with the best score to date by any ship in the LPD 17 Class.
Following the trials, NEW YORK conducted her first Change of Command Ceremony where CDR Will Herrmann relieved CDR Curt Jones on 11 February. The ship immediately started the new Afloat Training Group Pilot Program Basic Phase.
In September, NEW YORK made her way to NYC for the Tenth anniversary Commemoration of 9/11. First responders and family members of the victims of the terrorist attacks of 9/11 embarked on the voyage from Norfolk to NYC, enabling them to participate alongside the crew in this historic event. Prior to the ceremony, NEW YORK was visited by the Secretary of the Navy, Ray Mabus, who shared his condolences and pride in everything the crew had accomplished to make the NEW YORK successful.
Between October and November, NEW YORK completed the final training phase of the Afloat Training Group Pilot Program. COMPTUEX finished the year and demonstrated NEW YORK’s ability to successfully operate with embarked Marines to accomplish the full range of missions required during deployment.
NEW YORK started the year by participating in BOLD ALLIGATOR 2012, the largest amphibious exercise on the east coast, with participation from multiple NATO units. There she demonstrated her various capabilities proving her operational readiness.
With members of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) embarked, NEW YORK set sail for her maiden deployment on 26 March as part of the IWO JIMA Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) manned, trained and equipped to perform the full range of MEU/ARG missions. In the SIXTH and FIFTH Fleet Areas of Responsibility, NEW YORK served as Air Defense Commander for the IWO ARG as well as Sector Air Defense Commander, a task normally assigned to a Cruiser or Destroyer.
On June 20th, CAPT. Jon C. Kreitz relived CDR. Will C. Herrmann as Commanding Officer, during a ceremony held on the flight deck while underway. For the remainder of deployment, NEW YORK’s crew performed superbly through exercises AFRICAN LION 2012, EAGER LION 2012, MASOC, Operation Focus Collect and multiple national-level taskings. She was the first of her class to conduct refueling at sea of Riverine Control Boats (RCB) and her aircraft controllers and flight deck team operated with aircraft from Army, Navy, Marine Corp and Air force. NEW YORK’s exceptional Signals Intelligence Team collected more than 43,000 signals of interest, delivering 725 time sensitive reports to Tactical Commanders and National Consumers. NEW YORK’s talented Visit Board Search and Seizure (VBSS) Team conducted multinational training evolutions with Jordanian, Lebanese, Marine Reconnaissance Force (MRF) and Special Operation Forces (SOF) components. Demonstrating top down, bottom up contrast for large vessel boardings. NEW YORK made port visits to: Rota, Spain; LaSpezia and Naples, Italy; Aquaba, Jordan; Seychelles Island; and Jebel Ali, UAE.
On the evening of September 11th, the eleventh anniversary of 9/11, terrorists attacked the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, killing U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans. As a result of this attack and other destabilizing activities, the ships of IWO JIMA ARG were extended twice on deployment to help maintain security in the region. From 16-19 December, NEW YORK disembarked her Marines and embarked Tigers in Morehead City, NC. She returned to Norfolk, VA on 20 December after 9½ months at sea.
This year began with post-deployment leave and upkeep immediately following NEW YORK’s 2012 nine-month maiden deployment. Following stand down, NEW YORK offloaded her deployment ammunition and began a six-month CNO Planned Maintenance Availability (PMA) at BAE Norfolk Ship Repair facility.
Following a highly successful Light Off Assessment (LOA) and Crew Certification, NEW YORK participated in a classified CNO Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation (RDT&E) project before commencing Tier-1 of the Afloat Training Group (ATG) Basic Training phase.
NEW YORK completed all Tier training certifications, including Engineering; Supply Management; Damage Control; Amphibious Warfare; Seamanship; Navigation; Command, Control, and Communications; Search and Rescue; Medical; and Dental certifications. Additionally, she completed all certifications on time, achieving surge-ready status and assuming duties as the Atlantic Fleet Ready/Duty LPD in September 2013.
November was an exciting and busy month that included a five day port visit to New York City, NY, her first visit back to New York since 2009. On the two day transit from Norfolk, VA to New York City, NY over 50 family and friends of the crew embarked for a Tiger Cruise, which gave the guests a small glimpse of what shipboard life entails. The five day port visit included numerous events and a large reception which was attended by The Secretary of the Navy, and numerous other foreign military leaders and distinguished guests.
December marked NEW YORK’s last few days in Norfolk, VA and a new beginning in her new homeport at Naval Station Mayport, Florida. The first of three amphibious ships to execute the homeport shift to Mayport, she was met by a cheering crowd of family, friends, local businessmen, as well as representatives from the highest levels of military and civilian leadership.
The year began following NEW YORK’s homeport shift from Norfolk, Virginia to Mayport, Florida in December, 2013. NEW YORK was the first of three ships in the IWO JIMA Amphibious Ready Group to make the homeport shift. She was later joined by USS IWO JIMA (LHD 7) and USS FORT MCHENRY (LSD 43).
On February 14, Captain Christopher W. Brunett relived Captain Jon C. Kreitz as Commanding Officer. Once in command, Captain Brunett successfully led NEW YORK in pre-deployment training exercises and preparations for INSURV inspection. NEW YORK completed all training certifications, including Engineering; Supply Management; Damage Control; Amphibious Warfare; Seamanship; Navigation; Command, Control, and Communications; Search and Rescue; Medical; and Dental certifications on-time with passing marks.
In May, NEW YORK participated in Fleet Week – Port Everglades, Florida. NEW YORK provided guided tours to thousands of civilian guests and distinguished visitors. The crew also participated in many community relations projects and enjoyed liberty in Ft. Lauderdale. Following Fleet Week, NEW YORK conducted amphibious training and RQ-21A STUAS Developmental Testing as well as DLQ support to SOCOM units and a CNO Special RDT&E Project.
In June, just days after returning to Mayport, NEW YORK was surge-deployed with only 48 hours notice in support of national tasking to support a Special Operations Task Force in a classified high-priority counter-terrorism mission. Upon successful completion of the mission, NEW YORK returned to homeport for a scheduled maintenance availability to prepare for the IWO JIMA ARG pre-deployment workups.
From August through October, as part o the IWO JIMA ARG, NEW YORK participated in ARG/MEU EX and C2X training exercises with the IWO JIMA ARG and the 24th MEU to ensure the ARG and MEU team was prepared for impending deployment. NEW YORK and the other units passed all certification events, proving they were manned, equipped, trained, and ready to deploy.
On December 11, 2014, NEW YORK Sailors bid farewell to their friends and families and pulled away from the pier to deploy to support Maritime Security Operations and Theatre Security Cooperation efforts in the FIFTH and SIXTH Fleet Areas of Responsibility.