U.S. Navy To Christen First Ship Of The New Navajo Class, The USNS Navajo

The U.S. Navy will christen the first vessel in the new Navajo Class of ships, USNS Navajo, named to honour outstanding Native American contributions to the country’s armed forces.

It is a salvage, towing, and rescue vessel and will be officially put into service in Louisiana at a ceremony held on Saturday.

Ten vessels will make up the Navajo Class, while the others will be named for the Muscogee Creek, Cherokee, and other Indigenous nations.

USNS Navajo
Credits: @USNavy / Twitter

In 2019, V. Spencer, the then-Secretary of the Navy, declared the new ship class and said that Native Americans have fought with courage in almost every major conflict since the nation’s founding.

John McCain, the late Arizona Senator, was an early advocate for building the Navajo Class.

References: defense.gov, Knau, Fox8 Live

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