It was twelve years ago when America experienced the tragedy of the September 11 attacks. That afternoon, the leadership of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum received a call and Intrepid once again served its country.
The FBI requested use of the ship, which offered a unique combination of a secure site with land, sea, and air access and an easy approach to Ground Zero, as an emergency operations center. Over several weeks, 500 FBI agents and other law enforcement operated from Intrepid night and day, launching the initial investigation into the attacks, fielding half a million phone calls, and compiling important intelligence.
While Intrepid retired from active duty in 1974, the ship was proud to serve our country once again and play a role in our nation’s response to the attacks.
This year, on Wednesday, September 11, 2013, we—the Intrepid, those who served on it, and those who work at the Museum today—remember and honor the victims, first responders, and all those who were personally affected by this tragic event.