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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian03 May 2018 10:01 p.m. PST

The 13th San Antonio-class amphibious warship will be named after a World War II sailor who received the Medal of Honor for actions off Okinawa in 1945, the service announced on Wednesday…

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Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP04 May 2018 8:54 a.m. PST

Does the Navy have any reasonable procedures for naming ships any more. It seems as if they can name anything for anything. Political and social expediency takes precedent over tradition. The man should be honored with an escort vessel.

nevinsrip Sponsoring Member of TMP05 May 2018 2:45 p.m. PST

1945?

It's about time!

God bless him and the men and women who serve on the vessel named for him.

Mark 108 May 2018 5:31 p.m. PST

Agree with Shagnasty.

I much preferred the tradition of naming carriers after events or principals of national importance (historic battles like "Lexington" or "Tarawa", or guiding principals like "Independence" or "Enterprise"), battleships after states, cruisers after cities, escort vessels after dead people (well, not exactly, more like heroes, but only AFTER their passing), and submarines after fish (and, if running out of fish, then other animals).

The more current approach of naming carriers after pandering for favor with a voter base, and cruisers we don't know because what is a cruiser today anyway, and destroyers after big donors to somebody's campaign … eh, I just feel like it cuts the legs out from under a service that should be standing tall on it's history and traditions.

That said, I wonder if it will be a point of pride in the future for sailors to say they served aboard the USS McCool.

-Mark
(aka: Mk 1)

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