EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Scout Troop 223 had an adventurousl trip to Pier 88 in NYC for a tour of the battleship USS New York during Fleet Week on May 25th. This trip was organized by First Class Scout Ian Henry.

First Class Scout is a rank in the Boy Scouts of America, the rank above Second Class and below Star Scout. It is the highest of the lower four ranks in Scouting, and is the minimum rank that need be attained for entry into the Order of the Arrow or service as a troop's senior patrol leader.

According to Military News, Fleet Week New York, now in its 31st year, is the city’s time-honored celebration of the sea services. It is an unparalleled opportunity for the citizens of New York and the surrounding tri-state area to meet Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen, as well as witness firsthand the latest capabilities of today’s maritime services. The weeklong celebration has been held nearly every year since 1984.

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"Commissioned in 2009, the New York kicked off the 31st annual Fleet Week by leading the 11 U.S. Navy and two Canadian vessels down the Hudson and into New York Harbor on Wednesday morning, met with a n 11-gun salute from nearby Fort Hamilton, NBC New York reports."

The New York's bow stem was made from 7-and-a-half tons of steel, with a single steel plate recovered from the WTC site slung above one of the ship's most-used passages. Its motto is simple and powerful: "Strength forged through sacrifice. Never forget." (Source: Task and Purpose)