Fixing U.S. Naval Warship Names

Written by Ryan Crierie on Saturday, June 5, 2010 at 2:05 am

This Friday, I was in the U.S. Navy’s Photographic Archives in the Washington D.C. Navy Yard; and I ended up discussing U.S. Naval Warship names with Chuck Haberlein who works the desk there, after I had found a binder full of SECNAV name promulgations on a shelf. What it was doing in the PHOTOGRAPH ARCHIVES…I have no idea.

I suggested to him that the best way to show how stupid all of this had gotten lately was for the Naval Historical and Heritage Command to write a letter stating:

We at the Naval Historical and Heritage Command have unamiously, after discussion, decided that it should be proper that CVN-79 (UNNAMED) be named USS RICHARD M. NIXON, due to his service in the U.S. Naval Reserve, where he rose to the rank of CDR before becoming the 37th President of the United States.

If this name is not to the liking of SECNAV; we have a list of alternates:


Chuck literally nearly spewed the drink of water he was taking at that moment all over his computer, before he managed to restore sanity, which was very amusing in itself.

The idea here has merit — it would show the political masters of the Navy how absurd things have gotten lately; in that if you are a Congressman and voted yes on some Naval Appropriations bill, you can eventually get a warship named after yourself.

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