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    USS Doris Miller (CVN-81)

    Next Ford-class Carrier to be Named After Pearl Harbor Hero Doris Miller
    The fourth Ford-class carrier will be named in honor of World War II icon Doris Miller, the first black recipient of the Navy Cross, Navy officials confirmed to USNI News on Saturday.

    The naming of CVN-81 is expected to be announced during a Monday ceremony in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii by Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly, USNI News has learned.

    The Honolulu Star-Advertiser first reported the news of the ceremony and the carrier name on Saturday.

    Modly wanted to name the carrier after a Navy hero and landed on Miller after extensive conversations with current and former Navy leaders, two sources familiar with the process told USNI News. The name was floated to both the White House and Congress with no pushback, the sources confirmed.

    Miller was widely recognized as one of the first U.S. heroes of World War II and his legacy has been a touchstone for African American sailors in the service.

    “Without him really knowing, he actually was a part of the civil rights movement because he changed the thinking in the Navy,” Doreen Ravenscroft, with the Doris Miller Memorial in Waco, Texas, told the Star-Advertiser.

    During the Imperial Japanese Navy attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, then Mess Attendant 3rd Class Miller took charge of an anti-aircraft battery on USS West Virginia (BB-48) firing on enemy aircraft until running out of ammunition.

    “It wasn’t hard. I just pulled the trigger and she worked fine,” Miller recalled after the battle. “I guess I fired her for about fifteen minutes. I think I got one of those *** planes. They were diving pretty close to us.”

    Then he assisted the battleship’s commander and several others off the ship before it sank. For his actions, he received the Navy Cross in 1942 presented by Fleet Adm. Chester Nimitz on the deck of WWII carrier USS Enterprise (CV-6).

    “For distinguished devotion to duty, extraordinary courage and disregard for his own personal safety during the attack on the Fleet in Pearl Harbor, Territory of Hawaii, by Japanese forces on December 7, 1941,” read his citation for the Navy Cross. “While at the side of his Captain on the bridge, Miller, despite enemy strafing and bombing and in the face of a serious fire, assisted in moving his Captain, who had been mortally wounded, to a place of greater safety, and later manned and operated a machine gun directed at enemy Japanese attacking aircraft until ordered to leave the bridge.”

    Miller continued to serve in the Navy until 1943 when he was killed by a Japanese torpedo attack on escort carrier USS Liscome Bay (CVE-56).

    Naming an aircraft carrier for an enlisted sailor is a break from the naming trends in the past several decades.

    “Aircraft carriers are generally named for past U.S. Presidents. Of the past 14, 10 were named for past U.S. Presidents, and two for Members of Congress,” according to the Congressional Research Service.

    The exceptions have been USS Nimitz (CVN-68) named for Fleet Adm. Chester Nimitz and the future Ford-class carrier Enterprise (CVN-80) which will be the ninth U.S. warship to bear the name since the American Revolutionary War.

    Previous to the planned carrier, the Knox-class frigate USS Miller (FF-1091) was named in honor of Miller.
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    On the one hand, I don't think that the Navy should be without a warship named after Miller, (the first and only was decommissioned in 1991) especially given how many Arleigh Burke's have been built . He damn sure deserves one more than John Murtha.

    On the other hand, I think Doris Miller's name belongs on a Burke, not on a carrier. Miller would fit perfectly with the naming scheme that has (mostly) consistently been used since the mid-Eighties (!): US Navy and Marine Corps heroes, or yeah Congressmen that at least served in the sea branches. Certainly there's been a few annoying outliers in very recent history, but overall the naming history has been pretty outstanding compared to some other eye-rollers I can name. Someone in the comments suggested naming the new FFGX class after Miller, which would also be a great choice.

    The Ford-class though could've used a Lexington, Yorktown, Saratoga, Ranger, Coral Sea, Midway, etc.

    At the same time, it's pretty revolutionary (in a good way, IMO) to name a carrier after an enlisted man, and it's a name the Doris Miller's crew can be proud of.
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    Though with current naming doctrine a Destroyer would be more appropriate.

    This is just another example of the inclusivity of the current administration.

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    Wrong, wrong, wrong.

    I have always been against Presidents being used. I was extremely dismayed when CV-74 was named Stennis. Actually the only named person I liked was Nimitz. I can just see the jokes that are going to follow this ship wherever it goes and I don't think ship's crew will be too happy. I'll just call it CV-81.

    Should have been on a destroyer as has always been done in the past.

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    Oh’ Come on. It’s Miller Time, baby!

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    More likely "oh, look it is the Dory crew." Probably lost again. Will they ever find Nemo.

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    A news story of the naming.
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=NPIHx_fik-0

    And let us not forget the man that segregated the USN and may a USN ship never bear his name again.
    https://www.theatlantic.com/politics...racism/417549/
    http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexpe...ace-relations/
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    Quote Originally Posted by surfgun View Post
    And let us not forget the man that segregated the USN and may a USN ship never bear his name again.
    Hear Hear!
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    Quote Originally Posted by TopHatter View Post
    Hear Hear!
    I just can’t believe when the Wilson bridge was rebuilt on the Potomac River it was decided to let the new bridge bear his name!

    Not to mention the irony of this.
    https://cathedral.org/what-to-see/exterior/wilson-bay/

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    Here is a photo from the pre-Wilson USN.
    https://www.navy.mil/view_image.asp?id=113959

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    Quote Originally Posted by surfgun View Post
    Here is a photo from the pre-Wilson USN.
    https://www.navy.mil/view_image.asp?id=113959
    Disgraceful that it took until Truman (and the Nazis, ironically) to undo the damage that Wilson did.
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    Since it's named after an enlistee, as the majority of it's crew. I think it's a great idea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dazed View Post
    Since it's named after an enlistee, as the majority of it's crew. I think it's a great idea.
    I think so too. Completely unprecedented.
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    Navy Ford (CVN-78) Class Aircraft Carrier Program:
    Background and Issues for Congress
    Updated January 21, 2020

    https://crsreports.congress.gov/prod...RS/RS20643/220
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    Quote Originally Posted by JRT View Post
    Navy Ford (CVN-78) Class Aircraft Carrier Program:
    Background and Issues for Congress
    Updated January 21, 2020

    https://crsreports.congress.gov/prod...RS/RS20643/220
    I'm thinking they might have the Ford's troubles worked out by the time she finished her first RCOH

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    Quote Originally Posted by thebard View Post
    I'm thinking they might have the Ford's troubles worked out by the time she finished her first RCOH
    Isn't that a little optimistic?
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