(UnitedVoice.com) – The Navy has chosen a new name for its CVN-81 aircraft carrier, and in doing so they’ve broken from tradition.
In recent years, aircraft carriers have typically been named after US presidents, with only a few exceptions. According to a report by the Congressional Research Service, out of the past 12 aircraft carriers, 10 were named after presidents and two were named after members of Congress.
During a ceremony at Joint Base in Pearl Harbor-Hickman, Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly announced that the newest carrier will be called the Doris Miller.
During the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, Miller took control of a battery on the USS West Virginia, firing at enemy aircraft until ammunition ran out and he was told to abandon the ship. Miller hadn’t been trained to operate the gun but stepped up to help defend the ship and his country. Miller lost his life in 1943 when the ship he was on was sunk by a submarine torpedo.
After his death, Miller received the Purple Heart, World War II Victory, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign and American Defense Service Medals as well as the Navy Cross.
A Knox-class frigate was named after him in 1973 but was decommissioned about 20 years later.
This is the first carrier to be named after a veteran with no political affiliations. It’s also the first time that one has been named after an African-American.
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