Skip to comments.USNS Cesar Chavez? Navy asked to explain policy for naming ships
Posted on 12/05/2011 12:00:08 PM PST by jazusamo
The Senate wants the Navy to explain how it selects names for new ships in the wake of controversy over the naming of a ship in memory of labor leader Cesar Chavez.
A little-noticed provision of a defense bill that passed the Senate last week would direct the Navy to submit a report to Congress on its naming of vessels. The provision was sought by Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), who told reporters in a conference call last week that in light of recent controversies over ship namings, the Navy should seek "more input and think more carefully about who were going to name our Navy vessels after."
Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Alpine) complained earlier this year that Navy Secretary Ray Mabus naming of a supply ship after Chavez appeared to be "more about making a political statement than upholding the Navy's history and tradition.''
A group of Democratic senators who praised Mabus' decision accused critics of a "disappointing lack of knowledge" of Navy standards and traditions, noting that similar ships have been named for explorers Lewis and Clark, aviator Amelia Earhart, astronaut Alan Shepard and civil rights leader Medgar Evers. Chavez enlisted in the Navy at age 17 and served for two years.
There also was controversy this year over the naming of a ship after the late Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.), a retired Marine and former chairman of the House defense appropriations subcommittee who drew criticism from other veterans for accusing a squad of Marines in 2006 of killing Iraqi civilians "in cold blood."
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USNS Caesar Chavez aka ‘Ol Wetback’
So we are naming US Naval ships after communist now.
Roy is up from his nap...
With Odumbo on charge, i’m surprised it wasn’t named Hugo Chavez.
USS Jerry Sandusky
All Hands on D*ck!
All Hands on D*ck!
The “leaders” of this country graduated from The Three Stooges U. In-friggin-credible. I need to buy more protection.
Does it carry produce for the fleet.....?
I never really got this. If they wanted to name the ship after someone who was hispanic, there were so many better choices out there.
The flagship of the new gay Navy.
Just wait for “CVN-79 Obama Got Osama.”
I waiting for the Dems to push the Navy to name the next ship, the USS Che Guevera.
I have never met, nor heard of a sailor having only served TWO years. Only in circumstances of injury, or other triggers would this happen - unless there was a reduction in force...it would be nice to know why Cesar only served two years.
How about the USNS Ted Kennedy? The Captain gets drunk, sinks the ship, swims to shore and reports it the next day after he’s sobered up and put on a neck brace.
Actually, Cesar Chavez (besides being the only human capable of visibly gaining immense amounts of weight while on "hungar" strikes) was an uber-left wing union thugs' thug who died in a whore house.
Naming one after Medgar Evers is worse than Chavez. At least the latter served in the Navy and was opposed to illegal immigration
The people of the Navy are top notch...as usual.
The leadership of the Navy is a collection of politically correct Obamastuff.
From “The Simpsons”.
“We’re from the USS Mondale. It’s a laundry ship.”
Cesar HATED immigrants from south of the border. That’s a fact.
People used to enlist for two years active duty and a further number of years in the active reserve. In Chavez's case, he enlisted in 1944 and was no doubt separated as part of the post war fleet downsizing.
Well, looking at his birth date, he would have turned 17 in 1944. Chances are that he only served two years because the war ended in 1945, and there was a massive, as you put it, reduction in force.
“I have never met, nor heard of a sailor having only served TWO years.”
Back then an enlistment in the Naval Reserve required two years active duty out of a 6 year reserve committment...at least it did in the 60’s......I know several guys that took that route.
A regular enlistment in any branch is 6 years. Anything less is some form of reserve service with different requirements/programs availiable at various times.
Or Che Guevara. Cesar Chavez did make one important contribution: his interference with lettuce picking led a farmer to invent a lettuce picking machine that make the problem far more manageable.
Next thing you know, they will name one the USS Ben Dover
Yes, I knew that - been there only active all 6, but that was for reserves....the article didn’t say Navy Reserve.... Oh well...it was just strange to me.
Okay...I’ll buy that...or a reserve enlistment....
Their next ship will be “Che” Guevara
only for a “livable wage”
All the more reason for the pubbies to stop each bashing other and get behind a candidate to take back the country.
“The flagship of the new gay Navy”
That will go to John Murtha! n/s
Obama directed that they change the name from the “Hugo Chavez” to the “Cesar Chavez”. He wants to name a carrier after Hugo Chavez.
The Army did two-year enlistments for a few years to entice people to enlist.
I have no idea if the other services followed suit. Though I would be shocked if Chavez served in the Navy.
When I got drafted, active duty for the Army was 2 years...Marine Corps, too... Navy and Air Force was 4.....ALL had a 6-year commitment; whatever time you didn’t serve active was spent in inactive reserves. You didn’t get the paper DD214 with the honorable discharge until 6 years.
Well what did you expect.
You didn’t think the D/Libs were going to take Reagan, Bush and Ford lying down do you?
Before BO leaves they will probably try to push a Clinton and/or BO down our throats...
Cesar Chavez didn’t want any more immigrants, legal or illegal, as they were more likely than not to ignore his commie recruitment and simply go to work.
How about the U.S.S. Leakey (in honor of the famous anthropologist)?
Cesar Chavez was a communist beaner....
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