Santa Barbara
62° F
Santa Maria
59° F
San Luis Obispo
58° F
Scattered Clouds
Scattered Clouds
63° F

Navy ships share Sept. 11 connection

Published On: Aug 05 2011 02:30:32 AM CDT
Updated On: Aug 11 2011 02:07:32 AM CDT
USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier

Romeo Ranoco/Reuters

This is a story of two U.S. Navy ships linked by their shared connection to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Both the USS Carl Vinson, a Nimitz class supercarrier launched in 1980, and the USS New York, a battleship christened in 2008, have served in the war on terror, but the former also carried 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden to his burial at sea while the latter was partially forged from steel salvaged from the World Trade Center.

USS Carl Vinson

The Carl Vinson, named after Georgia congressman, set sail from Bremerton, Wash., bound for the Persian Gulf, on July 23, 2001. The carrier was rounding the tip of India on Sept. 11, 2001, and immediately changed course toward the North Arabian Sea.

Thus, the ship launched the first airstrikes on in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, the official name for the U.S. military campaign in Afghanistan. The Carl Vinson remained in the area for 72 days, taking part in an effort that launched more than 4,000 combat sorties and earning the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal in the process.

The carrier was also deployed for several months in 2005 in the Persian Gulf in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and was part of relief efforts following the January 2010 earthquake in Haiti.

However, it was what happened on its decks on May 2, 2011, that the Carl Vinson is most remembered for. Following his death in a daring raid by U.S. Navy Seals, bin Laden's body was brought aboard the carrier, which was operating in the North Arabian Sea, and was buried at sea following religious rites.

Perhaps the only thing more fitting would have been if the burial had taken place aboard the USS New York.

USS New York

USS New York on way to commissioning
The New York, which was built in New Orleans and was under construction when Hurricane Katrina hit the city in 2005, includes 7.5 tons of steel recovered from the rubble of the World Trade Center in its bow.

The steel was melted down to cast the ship's "stem bar," part of its bow, and represents a small fraction of its total weight.

The ship set sail for the first time from New Orleans on Oct. 13, 2009, and passed the World Trade Center site on Nov. 2, 2009, on its way to its commissioning ceremonies in New York City, pausing to give Ground Zero a 21-gun salute.

The New York's motto, "Strength Forged Through Sacrifice - Never Forget," pays homage to the victims and first responders of the attacks.

The ship isn't the only way the Navy is memorializing the sites attacked on Sept. 11. The USS New York's two sister ships will be named the USS Arlington and the USS Somerset in honor of the places two of the other planes used in the attacks came down: the Pentagon in Arlington County, Va., and a field in Somerset County, Pa.

The Arlington and the Somerset will also go to sea with steel in their bows salvaged and reformed from the sites they are named after: Arlington's from the Pentagon building's structural girders and Somerset's from the meltdown of a crane used to excavate the airliner wreckage.


The views expressed are not those of this company or its affiliated companies. Please note by clicking on "Post" you acknowledge that you have read the Terms Of Service and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. 
blog comments powered by Disqus
  • fatal_accident_investigation

    Extensive Investigation into Triple Fatal Accident

    An extensive investigation is underway to determine the cause of death in a triple fatal rollover accident Monday morning in Santa Barbara.

  • Santa Barbara County Sheriff s candidates forum

    Santa Barbara County Sheriff Candidates Face-Off

    Santa Barbara County Sheriff candidates squared-off at a candidates forum Wednesday night.

  • State Street Benches Gone

    Benches Removed in Two Block Area of Downtown Santa Barbara

    Benches have been removed in a two block area of State Street between Haley and Ortega Streets in downtown Santa Barbara.  The city says they are being cleaned and repaired.

  • Ordinary Citizens Receive Awards for Acts of Heroism

    Ordinary Citizens Receive Awards For Acts of Heroism

    The Santa Barbara Police Department recognized some ordinary citizens doing extraordinary things. An awards ceremony was held Wednesday to recognize the acts of heroism.

    Each year officers nominate those in our community who they feel are deserving of the "Extra Step Awards" These awards recognize acts of heroism that include saving lives and aiding officers in fighting crime.

    A total of 8 people received the prestigious annual award sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Santa Barbara. They include:

    Daniel Green
    Mr. Green, Head of Security Operations at the Wildcat Lounge, assisted SBPD officers on multiple occasions in 2013 dealing with combative subjects and with alcohol-related, narcotics, and DUI investigations.  He was nominated by Officer Ethan Ragsdale.

    Thomas Eck
    Mr. Eck, the Santa Barbara High School Track Coach, prevented a felony fugitive from stealing a van and potentially driving through a crowd of student athletes and spectators leaving a track meet at Santa Barbara City College.  He was nominated by Officer Carl Kamin.

    William Barbaree & Nicholas McGilvray
    Mr. Barbaree and Mr. McGilvray performed lifesaving first aid, prior to the arrival of emergency personnel, to James Atwood and Ellen Atwood, two motorcyclists that had been struck by a drunk driver.  They were nominated by Officer Heather Clark.

    Devin Shaw, Eva Pagaling & Steffanie Colgate
    Mr. Shaw, Ms. Pagaling, and Ms. Colgate witnessed the hit-and-run collision that resulted in the death of Mallory Dies.  They pursued the suspect, tried to persuade him to return to the scene of the collision, called 9-1-1, and directed officers to the suspect's location resulting in his apprehension.  They were nominated by Officer Jaycee Hunter.

    Scott Houston
    Mr. Houston came to the aid of an officer struggling in the street with a bank robbery suspect, helping to detain the suspect until additional officers arrived on-scene.  He was nominated by Officer Richard Washington.

  • Triple Fatal Auto Accident on Highway

    3 Dead In Early Morning Accident, Driver Arrested For DUI

    The 101 southbound through Santa Barbara reopened just before 12:30 Monday afternoon as authorities investigate what they say was a deadly two car DUI accident.

  • Grover Beach Grand Theft

    Grover Beach Grand Theft

    Surveillance video shows man walk up to front door of home, and take two packages that did not belong to him.

  • sbhs_robotics_computer_science_1

    School Board Approves Computer Science Academy

    A new academy at Santa Barbara High School will give students a leg up on a high-tech career.

  • Roger Aceves Runs for Santa Barbara County Supervisor Seat

    Goleta Mayor Roger Aceves is running for Santa Barbara County Supervisor.

  • Lupita Nyong'o

    REUTERS/Danny Moloshok

    People's 'World's Most Beautiful' list 2014

    People magazine recently named Lupita Nyong'o its "World's Most Beautiful" for 2014. See which other ladies earned a coveted spot on the annual list.

  • Who's the Boss blurb image

    Sony Pictures Television

    Where are 'Who's the Boss?' stars now?

    With Tony Danza marking his 63rd birthday on Monday, join us for a look at what he and the rest of the cast of "Who's the Boss?" are up to today.