Re: USNS William McLean (T-AKE 12) launched April 16
- Navy Secretary Ray Mabus is expected to announce that the last of the 14 Lewis and Clark-class cargo ships Cesar Chavez, in memory and honor of the late farmworker activist. He will be visiting the facilities of General Dynamic NASSCO, where the ship is being built, in San Diego's mostly Latino neighborhood, Barrio Logan.
For more on this: http://www.sacbee.com/search_results?q=ship+named&aff=1100 and elsewhere on the internet. There is no shortage of military war heroes for possible ship names.
--- In PMMC-NLUS@yahoogroups.com, "Pacific Merchant Marine Council" <pmmc@...> wrote:
For more on this class of Military Sealift Command supply ships see: http://media.defenseindustrydaily.com/images/SHIP_T-AKE-2_USNS_Sacagawea_Atlantic_COMPUTEX08_lg.jpg
SAN DIEGO (April 16, 2011) The newly christened Military Sealift Command dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS William McLean (T-AKE 12) is launched into San Diego Harbor. William McLean was christened by Margaret Taylor, the eldest niece of Dr. William McLean, the U.S. Navy physicist who conceived and developed the heat-seeking Sidewinder missile.
Full Associated Press report of the naming of T-AKE 14 May 18 along with five photographs.
Navy Secretary Ray Mabus on Wednesday said it was an honor to name the last of 14 Lewis and Clark-class cargo ships after the late farm worker activist Cesar Chavez pointing out that the vessels recognize American pioneers and visionaries who changed the country and the world for the better.
Also to his credit, Cesar Chavez served in the US Navy during World War II.
Here are the names of other T-AKE ships:
T-AKE 1 USNS Lewis and Clark
T-AKE 2 USNS Sacagawea
T-AKE 3 USNS Alan Shepard
T-AKE 4 USNS Richard E. Byrd
T-AKE 5 USNS Robert E. Peary
T-AKE 6 USNS Amelia Earhart
T-AKE 7 USNS Carl Brashear
T-AKE 8 USNS Wally Schirra
T-AKE 9 USNS Matthew Perry
T-AKE 10 USNS Charles Drew
T-AKE 11 USNS Washington Chambers
T-AKE 12 USNS William McLean
T-AKE 13 USNS Medgar Evers
Check out http://www.cbs8.com/story/14664352/lawmaker-criticizes-naming-ship-for-cesar-chavez for some comments.