Accession Number : ADA511414
Title : Navy Ship Names: Background for Congress
Descriptive Note : Congressional research rept.
Corporate Author : LIBRARY OF CONGRESS WASHINGTON DC CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE
Personal Author(s) : O'Rourke, Ronald
Report Date : 20 Oct 2009
Pagination or Media Count : 14
Abstract : Names for Navy ships traditionally have been chosen and announced by the Secretary of the Navy, under the direction of the President and in accordance with rules prescribed by Congress. Rules for giving certain types of names to certain types of Navy ships have evolved over time. The Navy states that while it has attempted to be systematic in naming its ships, like all institutions it has been subject to evolutionary change, and the name sources of the Navy's ships have not been immune to this change. There have been exceptions to the Navy's ship-naming rules, particularly for the purpose of naming a ship for a person when the rule for that type of ship would have called for it to be named for something else. Some observers in recent years have perceived a breakdown in, or corruption of, the rules for naming Navy ships. The 10 most recently named aircraft carriers have been named for U.S. presidents (8 ships) and Members of Congress (2 ships). Virginia (SSN-774) class attack submarines are being named for states. An exception occurred on January 8, 2009, when the Secretary of the Navy announced that SSN-785, the 12th ship in the class, would be named for former Virginia Senator John Warner. Destroyers are named for U.S. naval leaders and heroes. Littoral Combat Ships (LCSs) are being named for small and medium-sized cities. San Antonio (LPD-17) class amphibious ships are being named for U.S. cities. The Navy announced on June 27, 2008, that the first LHA-6 class amphibious assault ship would be named America, a name previously used for an aircraft carrier (CV-66) that served in the Navy from 1965 to 1996. Lewis and Clark (TAKE-1) class cargo and ammunition ships are being named for noted explorers. Joint High Speed Vessels (JHSVs) are being named for American traits and values. The Navy historically has only rarely named ships for living persons.
Descriptors : *NAVAL VESSELS , *NAVAL VESSELS(COMBATANT) , NAVY , AMPHIBIOUS SHIPS , ATTACK SUBMARINES , LEGISLATION , DESTROYERS , SHIPS , CONGRESS , AIRCRAFT CARRIERS
Subject Categories : Marine Engineering
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE