Navy Ship Names: Background for Congress
LIBRARY OF CONGRESS WASHINGTON DC CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE
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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 Navys ships have not been immune to this change. There have been exceptions to the Navys 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. This report contains the following headings and subheadings Background, Authority for Naming Ships, Navys Process for Selecting Names, Naming Rules for Ship Types, Ships Named for Living Persons, Publics Role in Naming Ships, Congresss Role in Naming Ships, Past Legislation on Naming Ships, and Legislative Activity in the 111th Congress.
- Sociology and Law
- Marine Engineering