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International Paint's Products for Latest US Navy Addition

Published on 2009-11-26. Author : SpecialChem

The US Navy's latest amphibious assault ship USS New York (LPD-21), commissioned in New York, is a ship with a difference. In a poignant reminder of attacks on the World Trade Center a little more than eight years ago, her bow has been built with steel recovered from rubble at the scene of the terrorist atrocity. Some 7.5 tonnes of steel from the fallen towers have been used in the ship's bow stem, a symbolic move that will forever tie her sailors and marines to the citizens of the great US city.

As she came to a halt immediately across the water from the World Trade Center site, she dipped her flag and delivered a 21-gun salute. Representatives from New York's Fire Department, Police Department and Port Authority, as well as relatives of 9/11 victims and members of the general public, stood on the shore at World Trade Center North Cove to return the salute.

She is the latest in a series of US Navy vessels to be protected with a range of International Paint products. Altogether, about 100,000 gallons of products have been used on board the Landing Platform Dock Ship, built at Northrop Grumman Ship Systems-Avondale Operations in Avondale, Louisiana "We are honoured that our products have been chosen to be used on this symbolic vessel," commented John Mangano, International Paint's Business Development Manager for the Americas. "We extend our very best wishes to the new vessel and all who sail in her in the years ahead."

The ship's home port will be Norfolk, Virginia.

About International Paint Ltd.:

International Paint Ltd. is part of AkzoNobel. AkzoNobel is proud to be one of the world's leading industrial companies. Based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, we make and supply a wide range of paints, coatings and specialty chemicals - pro forma 2007 revenue totaled €14.4 billion. In fact, we are the largest global paints and coatings company. As a major producer of specialty chemicals we supply industries worldwide with quality ingredients for life's essentials. We think about the future, but act in the present. We're passionate about introducing new ideas and developing sustainable answers for our customers. That's why our 60,000 employees - who are based in more than 80 countries - are committed to excellence and delivering Tomorrow's Answers Today™.

Source: International Paint Ltd.

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