Document: Navy Ship Naming Conventions

June 18, 2013 1:32 PM - Updated: June 19, 2013 7:53 AM

From June, 12 2013 Congressional Research Service report: Navy Ship Names

For ship types now being procured for the Navy, or recently procured for the Navy, naming rules can be summarized as follows:

Aircraft carriers are generally named for past U.S. Presidents. Of the last 14, 10 were named for past U.S. Presidents, and two for Members of Congress.
Virginia (SSN-774) class attack submarines are being named for states.
Destroyers are named for deceased members of the Navy, Marine Corps, and
Coast Guard, including Secretaries of the Navy.
Littoral Combat Ships (LCSs) are being named for regionally important U.S. cities and communities.
Amphibious assault ships are being named for important battles in which U.S. Marines played a prominent part, and for famous earlier U.S. Navy ships that were not named for battles.
San Antonio (LPD-17) class amphibious ships are being named for major U.S. cities and communities, and cities and communities attacked on September 11, 2001.
Lewis and Clark (TAKE-1) class cargo and ammunition ships were named for famous American explorers, trailblazers, and pioneers.
Mobile Landing Platform (MLP) ships/Afloat Forward Staging Bases (AFSBs) are being named for famous names or places of historical significance to U.S. Marines.

Sam LaGrone

Sam LaGrone

Sam LaGrone is the editor of USNI News. He has covered legislation, acquisition and operations for the Sea Services since 2009 and spent time underway with the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and the Canadian Navy.
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