Teh name: USS John Warner (SSN 785).
Bubblehead’s puzzler is puzzl’n,
Not An April Fool’s Joke!
….While I know that Sen. Warner served our country with honor, wouldn’t a destroyer, which are named after people anyway, have been more appropriate?
Galrahn ain’t giggl’n,
….after 11 states in a row, a Virginia class submarine is now named after a politician. But there is a catch, at least its a Virginia politician. Doesn’t USS John Warner (SSN 785) just roll off the tongue? There was a time when Senator Warner, a WWII vet, was for using names of historical and naval importance for naming warships. I miss that guy.
Does John Warner being from Virginia excuse this naming disruption? Does it even matter? Am I the only one sick and tired of watching history give way to political pandering when it comes to naming our Navy vessels? Look, this is the call of only one person, Secretary Winter, the Secretary of the Navy unless obligated by a Congressional bill (almost never happens) names ships.
I say the only ships that should be named for politicians should be logistics ships and support ships. If we did that, I bet then we would finally build much needed tenders and ice breakers!
BostonMaggie has a head of steam up,
This is wrong.
I don’t give a fat rat’s ass what Mr. Elizabeth Taylor (h/t Mike, Phib’s emailer) has done over the years. He negated any possible good he may have done with his poor treatment of CDR Lippold.
That’s right……..I hold a grudge.
Me, I have always thought that as a Navy you advertise both your complete politicization and vanity when you conduct such naming foolishness – and everyone sees it. The ultimate vanity plate.
What, USS Virginia wasn’t enough for you?
When you boil it down, it is just plain embarrassing. I can’t look the smart-a55 1290 on the SAT YN3 in the face and explain it; can you?
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