ABOARD THE USS NEW YORK -- It's a floating tribute to the victims of the 9/11 attacks. And starting Friday, it will call Jacksonville home.
The USS New York is the first of three ships in the Navy's amphibious-ready group to move from Naval Station Norfolk to Naval Station Mayport.
"It's designed to move Marines and their equipment from sea to shore and sustain them," said Capt. Jon Kreitz.
This week, the crew's mission has been to move. On Wednesday, they pulled out of Naval Station Norfolk and started heading south to Naval Station Mayport.
Command Master Chief Shawn Isbell said, "Three hundred sixty families, single and married, moving down to Mayport."
The purpose of the move is to spread out the Navy's assets along the Atlantic seaboard. This particular asset is special.
Built after the 9/11 attacks, its bow contains 7.5 tons of steel recovered from the World Trade Center.
Lance Corporal Theresa Cole, a Marine stationed on the ship, said, "I actually saw the smoke when I was younger when it actually happened and it means a lot to see all the memorials around and how many people actually care."
The USS New York pulled into Mayport Friday around noon.