USS New York being deployed for first mission

Onlookers wave flags as the USS New York sails through heavy fog on the Mississippi River in New Orleans, Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2009. The ship was built with about eight tons of steel from the World Trade Center site and is on its way to New York, its home port. ((AP Photo/Patrick Semansky))

March 27, 2012 5:46:54 AM PDT
The USS New York is setting sail Tuesday on its first mission.

The new Navy warship is being deployed from Norfolk, Virginia, as part of the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group.

The bow of the billion-dollar ship was crafted with 7.5 tons of steel salvaged from the ruins of the World Trade Center.

It will be heading for the Navy's 5th and 6th Fleet areas of operation, carrying a crew of about 360 sailors and captained by Commander William Herrmann.

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