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Saginaw06 Feb 2019 5:35 p.m. PST


So far, there are three carriers named: the USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78), the USS John F. Kennedy (CVN-79), and the USS Enterprise (CVN-80). Two more carriers are planned, CVN-81 and CVN-82, which are projected to join the fleet sometime in the next 15 years.

Currently, U.S. Navy aircraft carriers are predominantly named after past U.S. presidents, with a few exceptions. My prediction for the names of the next two carriers could possibly be two of the following:

- USS William McKinley
- USS Andrew Jackson
- USS John Adams
- USS James Monroe

The last three names were previously assigned to Lafayette-class ballistic missile submarines that were commissioned back in the 1960s and have since been decommissioned and "recycled". It was also the only time any American naval vessel was christened with those particular names.

So, any other predictions?

Winston Smith06 Feb 2019 5:38 p.m. PST

USS Richard M Nixon

Soaring Soren06 Feb 2019 5:41 p.m. PST

I'd go with Nixon, as I'm sure the Navy will not consider the USS Carrie McCarrier Face…

Saginaw06 Feb 2019 5:41 p.m. PST

USS Richard M Nixon

This April will be 25 years since his passing. I don't know. Some people have some very long memories.

Anyway, I don't desire to make this a politically-driven thread. Interesting choice, though.

15mm and 28mm Fanatik06 Feb 2019 5:46 p.m. PST

USS Woodrow Wilson and USS Grover Cleveland if presidents, USS Kitty Hawk and USS Constellation if not.

Winston Smith06 Feb 2019 6:01 p.m. PST

Woodrow Wilson will be problematic.
You may as well name it the USS Nathan Bedford Forrest. (But at least the USS would be a slap in his face. grin)

darthfozzywig Supporting Member of TMP06 Feb 2019 6:14 p.m. PST

I hope USS William McKinley fares better than its namesake.

Wackmole9 Supporting Member of TMP06 Feb 2019 6:35 p.m. PST

No More lame President Aircraft Carrier names


mikec260 Supporting Member of TMP06 Feb 2019 6:49 p.m. PST

Bring back the Yorktown.

Mister Tibbles06 Feb 2019 7:02 p.m. PST

I'd love Yorktown. I, too, am tired of president names.

lloydthegamer Supporting Member of TMP06 Feb 2019 7:27 p.m. PST

Let's add Intrepid and Enterprise to the list. I too am tired of presidential names.

Saginaw06 Feb 2019 7:31 p.m. PST

No More lame President Aircraft Carrier names

Bring back the Yorktown.

I'd love Yorktown. I, too, am tired of president names.

I too am tired of presidential names.

Wouldn't it be extremely cool if the next two carriers were christened Yorktown and Hornet, sailing alongside the Enterprise? Both names are available.

Lion in the Stars06 Feb 2019 7:48 p.m. PST

I'd be all in favor of the old classics coming back. Langley, Lexington, Saratoga, Ranger, Yorktown, Hornet, etc. Bonus points for Wolverine and Sable… (Yes, I know some of the names have been re-assigned to CGs)

Though Nixon did actually serve in the Navy, so there is some level of precedent there. (Jimmy Carter was a nuclear submariner, so his namesake USS is as well).

I'm just not expecting Nixon to get a ship. That's just asking for trouble politically.

14th NJ Vol Supporting Member of TMP06 Feb 2019 7:52 p.m. PST

USS US Grant

Not going to happen for Andrew Jackson. He's been declared an enemy of the people.
They'd go for Franklin Delano Roosevelt if they didn't already have one named after Teddy.

Forget pre-civil war presidents. Too much social back draft on any of them. Other then Grant I can't think of one that doesn't come with modern baggage.

Forget presidents go back to WW2 names.

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP06 Feb 2019 8:03 p.m. PST

Saginaw, I deleted my comment, but if you didn't want ship-naming to be political, you should have held the conversation before the USS Harvey Milk and the USS Caesar Chavez joined the fleet.

TGerritsen Supporting Member of TMP06 Feb 2019 8:25 p.m. PST

Here's a suggestion, why not name them after famous presidential impersonators. The USS Chevy Chase should follow the Ford, while the USS Dana Carvey could follow the George H Bush.

As fictional as the Fords are turning out to be, it would seem oddly fitting.

StarCruiser06 Feb 2019 8:26 p.m. PST

I say – "USS Yorktown" and "USS Hornet"…

May the sisters be reunited!

Winston Smith06 Feb 2019 8:46 p.m. PST

No USS Alec Baldwin, please.

I wish we could get totally away from the "custom" of naming them after politicians. Living or dead.
I'm totally in favor of Lexington, Hornet, Bon Homme Richard, etc.

jurgenation Supporting Member of TMP06 Feb 2019 9:50 p.m. PST

I like the USS Yorktown also

carne6806 Feb 2019 11:22 p.m. PST

Saginaw, I deleted my comment, but if you didn't want ship-naming to be political, you should have held the conversation before the USS Harvey Milk and the USS Caesar Chavez joined the fleet.

Don't forget the USS Gabrielle Giffords.

Gnu200007 Feb 2019 5:49 a.m. PST

Gerald S. Ford
Gerald T. Ford…?

pzivh43 Supporting Member of TMP07 Feb 2019 6:44 a.m. PST

Another vote for USS Enterprise!

Walking Sailor Supporting Member of TMP07 Feb 2019 7:57 a.m. PST

Yes, USS Richard M. Nixon.
Remember he recognized Red China and opened relations with them. Consider to which sea that carrier would be deployed. Can you see the Nixon doing Freedom Of The Seas through the Straights of Formosa?

KeithRK07 Feb 2019 7:59 a.m. PST

They've already started construction on USS Enterprise CVN-80. The First Cut of Steel ceremony was held on August 21, 2017.

Old Wolfman07 Feb 2019 8:00 a.m. PST

What about the William F. Halsey for a future ship,not necessarily among the four ships mentioned.

emckinney07 Feb 2019 9:33 a.m. PST

+1 USS Chevy Chase

+0.5 Dana Carvey

parrskool07 Feb 2019 9:53 a.m. PST

BoatyMacBoatface? UK Joke!?

Patrick Sexton Supporting Member of TMP07 Feb 2019 11:37 a.m. PST

No more Presidents. Yorktown and Hornet; yes.

Deucey07 Feb 2019 11:52 a.m. PST

If tax rates on the 1% go way up, we should name them after the ones paying for them:

USS Facebook
USS Google
USS Amazon

Seriously I agree on not naming them after politicians!
How about names like:
Uss Freedom
Uss Prosperity
Uss Democracy
Uss Justice

Lion in the Stars07 Feb 2019 1:00 p.m. PST

Actually, I agree with Walking Sailor's points. It'd be really hard for the Chinese to mess with a ship named for the president that recognized them as the actual Chinese nation.

Deucey, Freedom and Independence are the LCS class names, so I think those are already spoken for.

We could go way back into naming history, Constellation, Congress, President, Chesapeake, and United States. (Constitution is still commissioned, so we can't recycle that name)

carne6807 Feb 2019 1:08 p.m. PST

I always liked USS Reprisal-the name of the canceled CV-35.

d88mm1940 Supporting Member of TMP07 Feb 2019 1:41 p.m. PST

USS Trump. (Ducking behind desk…)

Ghostrunner07 Feb 2019 2:10 p.m. PST

Lexington, Saratoga, Yorktown.

Less excited about Hornet and Wasp, but there is at least a history there.

Winston Smith07 Feb 2019 3:31 p.m. PST

It was nice back when we had so many aircraft carriers we were running out of names for them.
But we don't have that problem now.
Why did they have to name two after Mississippi and Alabama Congress Critters?
That was blasphemy.

Personal logo javelin98 Supporting Member of TMP08 Feb 2019 1:21 p.m. PST

If we go with the current trend of corporate sponsorship of public works, we could end up with:

USS Mr. Pibb
USS Vagisil
USS Cool Ranch Doritos
USS Rite-Aid
USS Hooters

Timbo W09 Feb 2019 8:19 a.m. PST

How about

USS Ark Presidential
USS Bald Eagle

Bozkashi Jones13 Feb 2019 4:31 a.m. PST

I'm glad we don't have the same naming convention in the UK: the HMS Tony Blair would spend its entire career in the Gulf and the HMS Teresa May would only deploy outside Europe…

On the other hand, it must be nice to have aircraft carriers that, you know, actually carry aircraft?


Andy ONeill13 Feb 2019 6:14 a.m. PST

If the us public is anything like the uk public. Whatever you do i wouldn't run a poll to decide the ship name.

Or anything important really.
Particularly something that could totally mess your economy up.

Personal logo javelin98 Supporting Member of TMP13 Feb 2019 8:31 p.m. PST

In one of the Man-Kzin Wars series, the humans stole a Kzinti ship for covert purposes. Since the Kzinti named their ships things like "Throat Ripper" and "Swift Hunter", the humans renamed their stolen vessel as an inside joke the Kzinti wouldn't understand but humans would: "Gigantic Patriarchal Tool".

Good times.

Personal logo Parzival Supporting Member of TMP14 Feb 2019 7:09 p.m. PST

The wreck of the USS Hornet was recently discovered in the Pacific. As such, there can be no greater way to honor her than giving her name to the newest vessel.

Betcha that's exactly what happens.

Covert Walrus23 Mar 2019 8:57 p.m. PST

+2 to Pazival.

How about honoring US Navy personell who made technical advances in the service -

Vice Admiral William F Raborn
John P Hagen
Rear Admiral Grace T Hopper
David Bushnell.

JimSelzer06 Jun 2019 8:08 p.m. PST

USS Allegiance

SouthernPhantom16 Jun 2019 9:37 a.m. PST

Please, no more ships named after politicians or presidents, living or dead. Reusing WW2 names is a great idea, and I don't see a problem with naming ships after distinguished USN personnel either.

Old Contemptible16 Jun 2019 11:58 p.m. PST


Gunfreak Supporting Member of TMP17 Jun 2019 2:05 a.m. PST

Enterprise D! I think the sailors would appreciate a holodeck, petting zoo and a female talking computer.

Old Wolfman17 Jun 2019 7:31 a.m. PST

USS Charles B. McVey.

GROSSMAN Supporting Member of TMP28 Jul 2019 6:37 p.m. PST

No Obama?

Tgunner01 Aug 2019 1:39 p.m. PST

Another vote for Enterprise and Yorktown! There should also be a Hornet too to complete the set. Call them Yorktown class. Give what these ships did there should ALWAYs be an Enterprise, Hornet, and Yorktown.

Old Contemptible02 Aug 2019 9:10 p.m. PST

USS Tom Cruz

wardog04 Aug 2019 1:26 p.m. PST

how about uss galaxy or uss galactica

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