A local man and business owner took hold of a unique opportunity to sail aboard the U.S.S. New York, a warship that was partly built with recycled steel from the World Trade Center.
This past Veteran’s Day, Roger Hutt, the manager of Big L Tire in Warsaw, boarded the massive 684-foot-long amphibious transport dock for a tiger cruise, which is available to family members of the ship’s personnel.
On board, Hutt joined his son-in-law Commander Master Chief and third-in-command Shawn “Izy” Isbell.
Along with Hutt and other civilians were several military veterans and children. Hutt also remarked on the 300-plus sailors and 115 United States Marines who were traveling with them.
“They treated us well, we ate well. It was just a busy day,” Hutt said, adding that they “preached safety and cleanliness” on the ship.
He described the ship as self-contained with its own weight room, commissary store, cafeteria, hospital, doctor’s office and barber.
“It’s just like a little town,” Hutt said. “I was able to go see the engine room and I was just fascinated. It was just so clean and spectacular. It’s 400,000 horsepower worth of engines.”
He also visited the pilot house where they steer the ship, fired rounds from its 50-caliber machine guns…
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