In. The. Tank.
Lets also have a USS Rush Limbaugh! (since we’re going down the road of cheapening how we name ships)
There are dozens of other ways to honor Rep Giffords, but this practice of naming ships after individuals who had nothing to do with the military really bothers me.
No disrespect for Ms. Giffords, but other than taking a bullet in the head how does she merit having her name affixed to a warship?
I thought you had to be dead before a ship could be named after you plus some sort of heroics on your part - oh, wait, there’s the USS Murtha (defamed the Marines) and the USS Carter (AKA USS Peanut) who depleted the Navy.
Sorry for what happened to Ms Giffords, but this is insanity. Just looked up to see if there’s a USS Thomas H. Moorer, and couldn’t find anything. Moorer was a USNA grad, at Pearl Harbor, eventually Chmn of Joint Chiefs. He passed away in 2004. Is there a reason we have a Gabrielle Giffords in the USN, but not a ship named for a deceased Navy man who reached the top of the military?
Very good questions and comments...
I can think of a list of ship names that should be attributed to those sailors killed in the line of duty since the first Gulf War...
Naming one after Murtha (Marine, and dead democrat politician) was a mistake...Especially after what he said about the Haditha Marines, who were exhonerated of any wrong-doing...
Giffords...Well, I have mixed feelings about it...
They named one after US Navy diver J. Steatham after he was executed on that hyjacked airliner many years ago...
I always thought a CVN should be named after Bob Hope...I thought that would be more appropriate than most anythign else considering all the USO and charity events he did for the military over his lifetime...
Just my opinion...
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She got shot in the head. By a liberal extremist. That sucks, but what did she ever do for the Navy? Or the US in general for that matter? Besides getting shot in the head.
The politicization of naming ships has to stop. No ship should be named after a living person. We should go back to traditional ship names, not name ships after the political celebrity of the week. Whats next? USS Kim Kardashian?
why are they renaming the USS Cole?
Coming soon: Naming rights:
“In a ceremony at the Pentagon, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus unveiled an artist’s rendering of the USS Solyndra”
I’m glad to see so many people had the same reaction as I did. It’s not even a question of trying to honor Gabrielle Giffords by doing this. The sole purpose is to keep the issue alive as a tool for improving Obama’s election chances.
They could care less about Giffords. They are USING her, as a political tool.
How about Purple Hearts for the soldiers shot/murdered in the course of the War on Terror by the terrorist doctor in Texas?
What’s next? The SS Criminal Biatch?
Oh......I meant SS Nancy Pelosi.
So wrong for so many reasons.
Let me suggest renaming all the MLK Avenues and Esplanades for Gabby Giffords as well.