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Stop Naming Ships After Politicians and Get Back To Naming Them After Heroic People and Battles

There are a lot of fine traditions that have come from our armed services; one of the most profound is that of naming ships, buildings and other things after battles and the heroes who fought so bravely in them. Recently though, there has been an alarming shift away from this and politicians are being credited with having things named after them more than those who paid the ultimate sacrifice. It makes one wonder what the establishment is thinking sometimes. This trend really needs to change because, simply put, there are not enough ways to honor those who have fought, served and died in every corner of the world.

The US Navy has a time honored tradition of naming its vessels after presidents, fallen heroes and strategic battles that were won. Such important historical names and places that have graced naval vessels include the USS Ronald Reagan, the USS Bunker Hill (CV 17) the USS Normandy (CG 60) and the USS Chosin (CG 65). Somewhere down the line, political figures other than presidents started to have Naval ships named after them.

Do politicians deserve some credit from time to time by having things named after them? Maybe if they were instrumental in doing such things as passing important legislation or funding that enhanced the standing of the military, but in most other cases the answer is no. That honor belongs to those who have fought to preserve our country’s freedom and the places they fought at. Sometimes the naming of a ship after a politician even offends those who serve or have served in the military as was the case with the USS John P. Murtha; Representative Murtha was openly critical of the Iraq war and even publicly condemned a few Marines who were accused of war crimes before they were even convicted.

040620-N-4308O-056One name that has been suggested several times to honor the fallen soldiers and others who fought there is the name Fallujah. This was the scene of two of the bloodiest urban battles in the Iraq War. Over 120 American soldiers lost their lives trying to liberate that city both times from heavy insurgent control; 54 soldiers alone died in one bloody nine day stretch in the 2nd Battle of Fallujah. Despite stiff opposition, the American Troops scored a resounding victory but paid a steep price in dead and wounded. It was a battle that many troops called ‘all-out’ fighting and many likened it to being back in the ‘wild wild west’ because of the nature of the fighting that took place there.

Who is in charge of naming ships that the Navy puts into service? That falls under the responsibilities of the Secretary of the Navy (currently Ray Mabus). A spokesman for Mabus was recently quoted as saying that, although the name has been rejected twice, there are other ships in the type of class that is appropriate to name after battles that will go into service in the very near future and that name has not been ruled out.

Some say it is too soon and the battle is too fresh to have a ship named after it – especially given the fact that the city was just recently retaken by radical Islamic elements. Whatever the case, it would be more than appropriate to someday have a ship named after the city that so many brave US soldiers and other men and women fought so valiantly to liberate.

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Craig Smith

Craig has been writing for several years but just recently made freelance writing a full time profession after leaving behind 26 years working in the swimming pool construction industry. He served four years in the US Air Force as an Imagery Interpreter Specialist in Okinawa, Japan and at SAC Headquarters in Omaha, Nebraska. As a staunch supporter of law enforcement personnel, emergency medical technicians, firemen, search and rescue personnel and those who serve in the military, Craig is proud to contribute to the US Patriot blog on their behalf.
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3 thoughts on “Stop Naming Ships After Politicians and Get Back To Naming Them After Heroic People and Battles

  1. I used to look at my Father’s 1940 Bluejackets manual and can recall the following. Battleships were named after states, Heavy Cruisers after large cities, Light Cruisers after smaller cities, and Aircraft Carriers after famous battles and other notable ships. There were other naming guidelines for other classes that I don’t remember as well, maybe though Oilers were named after rivers. I served in USS Higbee, named after Leanah Higbee. From Wikipedia it says of her “Lenah H. Sutcliffe Higbee (May 18, 1874 – January 10, 1941) was a pioneering Canadian-born United States Navy chief nurse, who served as Superintendent of the U.S. Navy Nurse Corps during World War I. She is best known for being the first female recipient of the Navy Cross”.
    I believe Destroyers, such as mine, were named for notable Naval and Marine personnel and not politicians. I feel that this new naming method is a form of idolatry similar to what the North Koreans do with the Kim’s.

  2. The ship is named in honor of John P. Murtha, who served his country both as a Marine and in the halls of congress. Murtha served in the Marine Corps for 37 years and saw service in the Korean War and in Vietnam, a tour that earned him the Bronze Star with Valor device, two Purple Hearts and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry. Murtha represented Pennsylvania’s 12th Congressional District from 1974 until his death in 2010.

    Not your avg politician

  3. Aircraft Carriers should henceforth be named after historic ships of the fleet. The idea of naming an aircraft carrier after a President is abhorrent. and whomever came up with the idea should be keelhauled, until they admit their evil ways.

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