The Senate has asked the Navy to explain how and why it selects the names of new ships. A provision inserted into the 2010 National Defense Authorization Act calls for a review of the ship-naming process. Ship names are chosen by the secretary of the Navy.
Sen Roy Blunt (R-Mo) introduced the provision in the Senate. Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif) is leading the charge in the House. Both legislators believe ships should be named after genuine sea service heroes, if a person is selected.
Several recent selectees prompted the move, especially the naming of a dry cargo ship after Cesar Chavez, co-founder of the United Farms Workers union. Chavez served for two years in the peacetime Navy (1946 – 48), describing them as “the worst two years of my life.”
Hunter feels designating such selectees is “more about making a political statement than upholding the Navy’s history.” He has recommended that the Navy name the next ship after Marine Sgt Rafael Peralta, KIA in Iraq and nominated for the Medal of Honor.
Information provided by ‘Now Hear This’, VFW Magazine, February 2012
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