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Updated: 12/06/2013 8:36 pm
MAYPORT, Fla. -- It's American heavy metal, built with steel recovered from the World Trade Center, designed to deliver Marines and their equipment to the battle.

And now, the USS New York is calling Naval Station Mayport home, a strategic move by the Navy to spread out its warships along the eastern seaboard.

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson said, "You spread your assets. You don't put them all in one basket."

And what an asset it is. The ship itself can house close to 800 Marines when it's deployed.

Rep. Ander Crenshaw said, "These are ships that can do humanitarian aid, take highly trained Marines to the hot spot that they need to go to."

On its flight deck sits a unique aircraft. Part plane, part chopper, it's known as the Osprey.

Marines who gave Action News a look inside the aircraft said there are a couple of advantages to having an Osprey. One is that it can carry a large load. Two, it can move really fast.

"Speed is exactly what we bring," said USMC Capt. David Austin.

"I think it just shows how committed the Navy has to Mayport. It shows what a national asset we have right here," said Crenshaw.

The USS New York is a tribute to the victims of the 9/11 attacks. It's bow contains 7.5 tons of steel recovered from the World Trade Center.
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