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SECNAV Mabus Names First T-AO(X) Next Generation Oiler After Rep. John Lewis

10275294_10153146054827003_243384338005771784_oThe name of the first in a class of new oilers planned for the U.S. Navy will be after Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), a sitting member of the House of Representatives, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced on Wednesday.

The future Military Sealift Command operated USNS John Lewis (T-AO-205) will be the first in a new class of fleet oilers set to being construction in 2018.

“As the first of its class, the future USNS John Lewis will play a vital role in the mission of our Navy and Marine Corps while also forging a new path in fleet replenishment,” Mabus said during.
“Naming this ship after John Lewis is a fitting tribute to a man who has, from his youth, been at the forefront of progressive social and human rights movements in the U.S., directly shaping both the past and future of our nation.”

Lewis has served in Congress since 1987 and was one of the “Big Six” civil rights leaders of the mid 1960s and was instrumental in organizing the 1961 Freedom Rides, the 1963 March on Washington and the March 7, 1965 march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala.

During his tenure as Secretary of the Navy, Mabus has named ships after other civil and workers rights icons, including the Lewis and Clark-class dry cargo ships USNS Medgar Evers (T-AKE-13) and USNS Cesar Chavez (T-AKE-14)

Naming ships after living retired politicians is not unheard of. Attack submarines USS Jimmy Carter (SSN-23) and USS John Warner (SSN-785) and the Nimitz-class aircraft carriers USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76), USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77), USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70), USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) were named during their namesakes lifetimes.

Six ships of the planned 17-ship Lewis-class – formerly known as the T-AO(X) – are part of a complicated shipbuilding deal between General Dynamics NASSCO and Huntington Ingalls Industries. Either yard is set to build the half dozen oilers or the unnamed LHA-8 amphibious warship follow-on to the two America-class (LHA-6) amphibs.

  • disqus_zommBwspv9

    Well at least they are going to build the new class of Oilers. Oilers used to be named after rivers like wabash Look up Lewis voting record what I could find of it. Anything related to the Military he voted against

  • Follow the good Royal Navy: Name them after power/might and really famous heroes.

  • Naming a Naval ship after a sitting member of Congress? Detractors will say we’re trying to buy votes. ADM Rickover had the right idea. Fish don’t vote, hence our subs are named for cities and states … I organized alot of Day Sails for Michigan business and civic leaders on USS MICHIGAN (SSBN/SSGN 727) over the years so that the mission of the Navy could be told. They always came home impressed most, not by the hardware, but by the quality of our sailors!

  • Bill

    John Lewis allegedly represents me in the Congress. I have a hard time thinking of a Representative who is less supportive of our military forces. He was heroic at Selma over 50 years ago; but since then has been a garden variety anti-military liberal.

    • Ah! Perhaps SECNAV wasn’t the culprit. POTUS perhaps?

      • Bill

        Yeah, but that implies Obama would have to tell Mabus what to do. I think SecNav knows very well on which side his bread is buttered.

  • Merlinmajic

    This ranks right up there with naming a ship after Gabby Giffords; pure political pandering and an insult to every sailor who will ever crew the ships. Lewis is an Obamabot and votes lock-step with whatever the administration wants. Is Ray Mabus ever going to leave as SecNav?

    • The_Usual_Suspect61

      Mabus is a disgrace to the Navy and the United States. He is quite possibly the most vulgar example of a politician as I have ever seen. Washington warned us about the parties and how their loyalties did not lie with the United States, but to their benefactors. I nearly puked listening to him, O’Malley, and Obama during the graduation ceremony at USNA. The crowd was salted with plants. When the pols finished their speeches, the plants got up and left, never to return. They were the only ones who applauded.

  • Rick Slater

    While Mr. Lewis may be a worthy individual, he has utterly no connection with the Navy. Another example of the politicization of naming Navy ships by this administration. Shame on the Navy for agreeing to do this!

  • Law Grad 2001

    Can Mabus not find anyone who actually has a connection with the Navy? What about a black marine or sailor who received the MOH? There are many.

  • CaptainParker

    Mabus demonstrates that he is nothing but a political suck-up. No Navy connection – but a member of a politically favored minority group. Yup…our military is completely subservient to political correctness.

  • draeger24

    Hey SECNAV…..how about sticking to MOH recipients instead of your constant political grandstanding when naming ships….While Lewis is laudable with respect to his work with MLK, stick with the military. Gabby Giffords has no business having a ship named after her, either, GOD Bless her trauma, but stick with the military. Your sycophantic nature towards the CINC is absolutely sickening to watch as a man, and now Ash Carter has sold out his man-hood as well….


    How sad.

  • Michael Layne

    Naming the ship after a sitting politician? Speaking purely hypothetically, this means there is time for Mr. Lewis to (for example) be convicted of accepting bribes while in office, before the ship is launched. Would the Navy rename the ship in such an instance? When you name ships for people, it’s best to name them for real heroes, who are safely dead.

  • old guy

    PPP Pure, Political, Pandering

  • Gundog15

    Another slap in the face for the Navy by the liberal left lunatics. Anything to discredit and demoralize the U.S. Military, that’s what this is all about.

  • Uhu

    Did anyone take note that once the USS America, which was a conventional powered super carrier (CV-66), was retired the new USS America was downgraded to an amphibious assault ship (LHA-6). Wouldn’t you think the name USS America would be reserved for our largest and most important capital ship? I really hate what our ship naming convention has become. Can we go back to the way ships were named in WW-2 and screw all of the politicians?

  • Justin Harts

    The conversation when I left OPNAV N42 a few years ago was to name this class of ships after Merchant Mariners who had earned the Merchant Marine Distinguished Service Medal in combat (equivalent to the Medal of Honor in the Merchant Marine) and after maritime schools – USNS KINGS POINT, USNS VALEJO, USNS BUZZARDS BAY, etc. Both conventions were long overdue as a way to respect the contributions of our mariners (who man these ship).

    I suspect the outcry from BLM over SECNAVs recent decision to name a ship JACKSON after a town in his state (named after a slave owning president) drove this change.

    What a total slap in the face to our Merchant Marine.

  • 3124

    Naming a ship after a civil rights leader or a person who has helped bring justice and fairness to people who need it the most is admirable. I applaud SecNAV Maybus for his forward thinking and his courage to give recognition to these leaders. I would be very proud to build, sail on and see our NAVY Vessels continue to honer those who have helped humanity!

  • JoeDrager

    Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) – why on earth did we name anything after this anti-America, anti-military racist POS?

    • Ned_Kelly_707

      For the same reason people voted for Barrack Hussein Obama; because he was “Black.” Actually, Barack Hussein Obama is less than 50% “Black; his (documented) communist mother was 100% Caucasian, but his “father” was more Arab than Black. So, he is even LESS than 50% black, no that the truth ever received any consideration by the left.

  • Ned_Kelly_707

    Another ship, named after a man who doesn’t deserve it; he is a racist hater. Isn’t there any honorable former medal winning sailors this ship could be named after? Disgraceful, and all the fault of the democrat cabal currently INFESTING DC.

    • BigWhiteDog

      So says the man with the King avatar. You are a sad excuse for a human.

      • Ned_Kelly_707

        I respect the late Martin Luther King. Problem, progressive democrat swine?

        • dale71

          oh, please tell us your thoughts about Harvey Milk getting one of these named in his honor, also!

          • Ned_Kelly_707

            Sure; on behalf of those who actually died in combat who earned a posthumous
            award; sorry your relative wasn’t a limp-wrist – better chance at a ship name than your dead family member who died with proven honor – just where you like to put your gentiles. There – satisfied, you willing enabler of sin?

        • BigWhiteDog

          Weird way of showing it Conservative troll

          • Ned_Kelly_707

            Why, because I go against the progressive talking points, and have my own opinion?

      • dale71

        yep! and glad to see they’re honoring him, and fellow civil rights legend, Lt. Harvey Milk, with a ship naming.

        • Ned_Kelly_707

          Which totally disrespects all the honorable navy dead who earned a posthumous award; they award HM a ship just because of his “PC” alternate lifestyle which progressive democrats worship with a frothing demeanor if you go against their mandate. I wonder who the first ship will be named after a known Pedophile?

          • dale71

            That’s your opinion. It’s well deserved for service to country where he helped defend freedom that you disrespect him for and he died in public service. It’s a just honor.

  • SFCGator

    I expect this comment section will eventually be closed as the ‘powers that be’ and moderators will tolerate no criticism. It’s called censorship and intolerance for those who disagree and dissent for naming a American Navy ship after a homosexual and pedophile. I understand that Harvey Milk served this nation honorably, but there are so many other service men and women who actually paid the ultimate sacrifice or performed heroically in battle who deserve to have their name on a ship. What did Harvey Milk do to have his name put before others who did and sacrificed so much more? Answer: nothing other than his lifestyle.

    • dale71

      They’re honoring the lifelong dedication to country… and he died performing that duty due to a homophobe who was jealous that Lt. Milk was so beloved and becoming a national name. Had he not been murdered, I am sure he would have become a US Senator. The man deserves the naming, whether you agree or not.

      • That’s some heavy handed revisionism. George Moscone was the target. Milk wasn’t killed because he was gay.

        • Ned_Kelly_707

          That matters not to dale, nor his modern day progressive “gaystapo.”

    • Ned_Kelly_707

      Just like when I submitted a letter critical of Islam to USNI Proceedings; it was GUTTED in the section in which I rightly pointed out what IS spelled out IN the koran and violent haddiths. The SAME gutless PC in action here. I fear I may someday soon (unless sanity is restored this November) need to cancel my membership in the USNI.