Aug 28, 2014
With thousands observing, Dotty England (right), ship's sponsor, triumphantly raises the champagne bottle she used to christen LPD 21, New York. The fifth Northrop Grumman-built amphibious transport dock ship of the San Antonio-class contains seven-and-a-half tons of World Trade Center steel in her bow. Joining England in celebration are (l-r) U.S. Navy Cmdr. F. Curtis Jones, LPD 21's prospective commanding officer, her husband, deputy secretary of defense Gordon England and Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding president Mike Petters.