USS Arlington, named in honor of the 9/11 victims and first responders, visiting new YORK for the first time during Fleet Week

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    May 23, 2018: The USS Arlington, an amphibious transport dock ship named to honor the victims of the attack on the Pentagon on 9/11, sailing past the World Trade Center, part of New York City’s 2018 Fleet Week.

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    The USS Arlington is currently moored at Pier 90 in Manhattan’s west side, near the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.

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    The ship is equipped with numerous missile launchers and machine guns for the defense.

    (Alex Quiles/Fox News)

NEW YORK – In the corner of a special room inside the USS Arlington – moored today, not far from where Al-Qaeda brought the World Trade Center on 9/11 – hangs a plaque with an American flag that was flown on Osama bin laden’s compound on the day that he was killed in Pakistan.

It is a powerful symbol of the sacrifice that the AMERICAN Forces have made in the War on Terror, and an eternal reminder on board of the ship at this moment in New York City for Fleet Week, America’s strength and determination.

“It’s a good thing to experience and be a part of, from the attack on the day of today where we are still standing tall, standing strong, and we plan to keep going, no matter what,” Nikita Denis, a Navy electrician’s mate, told Fox News on the deck of the USS Arlington, docked at Manhattan’s Pier 90.

Almost seventeen years ago, Antoine saw the attacks “first hand” as an elementary school in Brooklyn. She now works aboard the navy’s newer ships, the USS Arlington, a massive amphibious transport dock, that is one of the three in his class to be built in honor of the 2,977 victims of the attacks of 11 September.

Nikita Antoine, who grew up in Brooklyn and is now an electrician’s mate on the USS Arlington, says the ‘9/11 really showed how New York comes together’.

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The ship arrived in New York City for the first time Wednesday, majestically sailing past the new World Trade Center just days before Memorial Day, joining many other Navy and Coast Guard ships in the area for the annual Fleet Week.

“It is a very somber and powerful reminder of our mission and the purpose of the members of the U. S. Navy,” Capt. Todd Marzano told Fox News about the ship, with the name “as a tribute and memorial to the 184 innocent victims who lost their lives on that day when the plane hit the southwest corner of the Pentagon”.

The Arlington, like several of the other participating vessels in the Fleet Week, is open daily for guided tours by Memorial Day weekend. Military band performances, viaducts, search and rescue, demonstrations, and a Marine tank dive in Times Square are among the dozens of free events scheduled for the public.

One of the many vehicles within the USS Arlington, which is open to the public for tours as part of New York City’s 2018 Fleet Week.

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From the moment you step on board of the Arlington, and it is made clear what the ship to reach – “to our Marines to the coast, where our Navy needs them or our Marine Corps they need,” says her command master chief, Charles Eakley.

On the display in the lower level of the 684-foot-long vessel are a series of amphibious and landing vehicles who brings himself in and out of the ship, including a Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC), a hovercraft that can race through the water at speeds of more than 50 knots.

Searching for a way out of the tight cockpit of the LCAC is proving to be something much larger — a two-level parking garage of sorts which house more than a dozen vehicles within the USS Arlington, capable of carrying a landing force of up to 800 Marines.

A number of the latest Naval guns, drones, and weapons, is on show at the Arlington ‘ s flight deck, which can launch or land up to four helicopters. The ship, which weighs in at nearly 25,000 tons, is equipped with a pair of 30 mm guns, missile launchers and ten .50 caliber machine guns for defense.

And high in the ship’s interior is one of the most sacred space, the 9/11 tribute room.

Two of the items in the USS Arlington’s 9/11 tribute room. On the left is a quilt in honor of the 184 who lost their lives on 9/11 in the Pentagon. On the right is the American flag flown over Osama bin laden’s compound in Pakistan, after he was hunted down and killed by AMERICAN troops. The plaque that the flag is placed in the form of the outline of the former Al-Qaeda leader’s hiding place.

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Characterized by the words “We Will Not Forget”, a hallway that leads to the room with the names of each of the victims who died at the Pentagon on 9/11, and 184 star painted on the floor also pay tribute.

In the room is the flag flown on bin laden’s compound in Abbottabad, metal, bolts, and limestone recovered from the Pentagon crash site, and a large quilt made by eighth grade students from Arlington schools, consisting of “hero squares” – each with the name of a victim.

“Grief and tragedy and hatred are only for a time…Goodness, remembrance and love have no end…”, reads a quote written at the bottom of the quilt, taken by former President George W. Bush’s speech three days after the deadliest terrorist attack in history.

“The tribute room – it took me a year before I actually stepped in the tribute room, just because I don’t think I was ready yet from New York,” the Lt. Carley Tadlock told Fox News. “It was definitely the [evil] for myself and to be able to carry on the legacy of the past is a big deal”

Lt. Carley Tadlock on board the USS Arlington.

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Elsewhere along the ship’s passageways are 184 gold stars a tribute to the victims.

“Our crew on board was not forgotten. Wherever you walk, you see pentagon anywhere on the ship,” Tadlock said, adding to her, Memorial Day is about “remembering of everyone who came before me and try to make them proud in everything I do every day.”

The ship of the seal also has plenty of nods to the Pentagon crash site and the victims. A golden rope around the outside is twisted 184 times and a bald eagle flies over two 9/11 Pentagon Memorial Benches, placed above a pentagon-shaped shield.

“The red area stands for the area of the Pentagon where American Airlines Flight 77, claimed by terrorists, was targeted and crashed into the building on September 11, 2001,” the Navy says. “The laurel is the symbol of honor and good performance, and recalls the heroism of the first responders at the Pentagon.”

The USS Arlington’s seal, and the ship is at sea.

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Since its commissioning in April 2013, the USS Arlington has participated in military exercises in the Arabian Gulf and the Baltic sea and the Mediterranean Sea, and is preparing for another deployment later this year.

Prior to the launch, the Navy has two ships named after Arlington, Va. – the first, a transport-ship, in the Pacific Theater during the second world War, and the second is a light aircraft carrier and communications relay ship, which are active in the Vietnam War and later help recover the space crew of the Apollo 8 and Apollo 10 NASA missions.

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