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07-27-2009, 07:46 PM
The amphibious transport dock New York, the Navy’s newest small-deck gator and the warship famous for the 7.5 tons of steel from the World Trade Center that form part of its bow stem, returned from acceptance trials Friday, according to the Navy.

Engineers put the New York, the Navy’s fifth San Antonio-class amphib, through its paces in the Gulf of Mexico before returning to its shipyard in Avondale, La.

They tested the ship’s main propulsion, engineering and ship control systems, combat systems, damage control, food service and crew support equipment, according to an announcement from Naval Sea Systems Command. The New York also made a full power run, practiced detecting incoming targets, ballasted, de-ballasted, and practiced steering and anchoring.

“The completion of acceptance trials is a major step towards bringing New York into the fleet,” said Capt. Bill Galinis, program manager of the San Antonio class, in the Navy’s announcement. “This week, four out of five San Antonio-class ships were underway at the same time. There’s really no better indication that we’re delivering urgently needed assets to our warfighters.”

The Navy hasn’t yet accepted the New York, but a spokeswoman for NavSea said the ship was on track for its scheduled commissioning this November in New York City. The ship is named for the city and state of New York and is the first of three gators named for cities hit in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks; yet to be built are the amphibious transport docks Arlington and Somerset, for the counties in Virginia and Pennsylvania where planes went down.