Twenty years after 9/11, Richard’s son, Tom Othmer, continues his father’s legacy as USS New York’s Port Engineer – coordinating and overseeing corrective repairs throughout maintenance availabilities.
Born and raised in Carmel, New York, just north of New York City, Tom graduated from the US Merchant Marine Academy in 2010 and spent the next five years as an engineering officer in the Merchant Marine. He became a US Navy Port Engineer in 2015 and was assigned to the USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109) for five years until returning to USS New York in December.
As USS New York commemorated the 20th Anniversary of 9/11 with a historic undocking after six months in Norfolk’s NASSCO drydock facility, Tom makes a point to speak with words the same spirit his father has harnessed with memorialized steel.
“People tend to forget that the freedoms and quality of life we enjoy in this country were obtained by the sacrifices of its citizens and service members,” said Tom. “Every day I try to ensure I maintain USS New York in a superior material condition and contribute my small part in sustaining those privileges.”
His efforts in overseeing New York’s repairs while in port help ensure its operability at sea as a floating symbol of American perseverance.
With 7.5 tons of World Trade Center steel in her bow, the ship’s motto, “Strength forged through sacrifice. Never forget” is a motto come to life for the Sailors who work and live aboard USS New York.
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