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Navy Secretary Ray Mabus announced the names of seven new ships Friday.
The fifth, sixth and seventh joint high speed vessels will be named Trenton, Brunswick and Carson City, respectively, honoring cities in New Jersey, Georgia and Nevada. The choices go along with established naming convention for the class — “small American cities and counties” — as outlined in a 2012 ship-naming report
An amphibious transport dock, LPD 27, will be named Portland, honoring the city in Oregon. This ship type usually bears the name of an American city, but Mabus in April 2010 named LPD 26 after the late Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa.
The 13th littoral combat ship will be named Wichita, honoring the city in Kansas, and LCS 14 will be named Manchester, after the New Hampshire city. LCS naming generally honors “regionally important American cities and counties,” the report states, noting the exception of LCS 10, to be named for Gabrielle Giffords, the former Arizona congresswoman who survived a 2011 assassination attempt.
An auxiliary general oceanographic research ship, AGOR 28, will be named Sally Ride, after the first American woman in space.