She is a San Antonio Class ship is currently under construction in New Orleans, due to be completed in 2007.
Normally only Submarines carry State names, but after a request from the Governor, an exception in this case. Why? Because her bow stem is made with steel taken from the wreckage of the World Trade Center towers.
“Some shipworkers say the hairs stood up on the backs of their necks the first time they touched it. Others have postponed their retirement so they can be part of the project.”
May God bless and protect her, and all who sail in her.