Navy to name research ship after Armstrong – Navy News

Navy Secretary Ray Mabus announced that a class of research ships will be named after the late Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk the surface of the moon and a legend of naval aviation.

The first of two Armstrong-class auxiliary general oceanographic research ships will bear his name; his widow, Carol, will sponsor the vessel.

Armstrong, who is best known for his accomplishments with the Apollo program, was a naval aviator first, catching his first wire in an F8F-1 Bearcat on the deck of the light carrier Cabot. His career as a naval aviator included 80 combat missions during the Korean War.

via Navy to name research ship after Armstrong – Navy News | News from Afghanistan & Iraq – Navy Times.

Beats the heck out of naming them after Cesar Chavez or Gabby Giffords, IMHO.

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