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Senate Wants a ‘USS Ted Stevens’

Ted Stevens official US Senate photo from 2005.

Ted Stevens official US Senate photo from 2005.

The U.S. Senate has included a provision in the latest appropriations bill to name a warship after Ted Stevens, the former head of the Senate Appropriations Committee who died in a plane crash in 2010, reported in the Roll Call Heard on the Hill blog.

“Expresses the sense of the Senate that the next available Navy capital warship be named the USS Ted Stevens to recognize the public service achievements, military service sacrifice, and undaunted heroism and courage of the long-serving U.S. Senator for Alaska,” read the bill.

Stevens was a World War II veteran and long time Republican senator from Alaska.
He lost his seat in 2008 and was convicted on corruption charges.

It is unclear if the Navy will honor the request from Congress.

“Names for Navy ships traditionally have been chosen and announced by the Secretary of the Navy, under the direction of the President and in accordance with rules prescribed by Congress,” read an October report from the Congressional Research Service on ship naming conventions.

Under current Navy guidelines only three classes of ships are named for individuals, according to the CRS report:

-Aircraft carriers are named for former U.S. presidents and include two members of Congress.
-Destroyers are named for deceased Navy and Marine Corps members and Secretaries of the Navy
-Lewis and Clark cargo ships were named after pioneers, trailblazers and explorers.

There are exceptions. The Seawolf-class submarine USS Jimmy Carter (SSN-23) is named after the former president and the yet-to-be-built fifth Independence-class Littoral Combat Ship (LCS-10) will be named for former Congress member Gabrielle Giffords.

This will not be the first time the Senate has attempted to name a ship for Stevens. Similar language was included in a 2012 appropriations bill from the Senate.



  • CDR_Ret

    You know how it goes: all your good deeds can be wiped out by an “aw s_ _ _”. Look somewhere else for a name.

  • The US Navy ship naming guidelines should be a show of force, not of weakness. If you have a mugshot, you are weak and don’t deserve a ship named after you.

  • devil dog

    what a joke naming a boat after one of their crooked cronies

  • DWY

    You’ve got to be KIDDING!!! To name a ship after him is a joke, but then we’ve named some ships after jokes recently, so… Let’s go back to traditional names and designations for our ships. See article in the Proceedings.

    • Naming a ship for Gabby Giffords did it for me-or was it naming one for Cesar Chavez-or was it…you get the point.
      I agree-go back to regular naming conventions

  • NO name on warships for ANY politician of ANY party unless they have been decorated for gallantry in combat.

    • NofDen

      Be careful there, Real combat, no fake purple hearts etc. Like Kerry.
      Who served in Vietnam.

  • NofDen

    “He lost his seat in 2008 and was convicted on corruption charges.”
    No,NO, honor a state or a city not old tread corrupt stevens. Has anyone checked, done stevens still have his hand in the cash box?

  • NofDen

    No gabrielle giffords ship either.