Twenty Six US Navy Ship Naming Controversies | USNI News

In the late 18th and early 19th centuries, the U.S. Navy had no formal procedure for naming ships. It wasn’t until 1819 that Congress passed an act stating “all of the ships, of the Navy of the United States, now building, or hereafter to be built, shall be named by the Secretary of the Navy.” The secretary has fulfilled this role ever since, even though the passage expressly assigning authority for designating ship names was omitted when the U.S. Code was revised in 1925.

via Twenty Six US Navy Ship Naming Controversies | USNI News.

I’m still drafting a post on ship naming conventions, and the utter hash the Navy has made of it in recent years, but USNI beat me to the punch, and reminds us it is hardly a new issue.

3 thoughts on “Twenty Six US Navy Ship Naming Controversies | USNI News”

    1. Or a politician who hasn’t been dead for at least 50 years, no matter which side of the aisle they came from. Let history have a verdict on them before we enshrine their name on a warship.

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