The History of Naming U.S Navy Ships

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How was the USS Lawrence DDG-4 and the USS Charles F. Adams DDG-2 named? The history of naming Navy ships has always been a mystery. You have the history of the men who become namesakes of these ships. Then there is years of history of the ships themselves during the time that they were in commission. These topics tie in together to understand the USS Lawrence and the USS Charles F. Adams.
U.S. Navy ships have been named by many important people in U.S. history. March 3, 1819 Congress formally placed responsibility in naming the ships to the Secretary of the Navy (Ship Naming in the United States Navy). Ships are named based on what types of ships they are. There isn’t exactly a set time for assigning a name; it needs to be done before the ship is christened (Ship Naming in the United States Navy). The Chief of Naval Operations is the one who sends the recommending names to the Secretary of the Navy (Ship Naming in the United States Navy).
Ships that were named off of states were borne by battleships, armored cruisers, and monitors (Ship Naming in the United States Navy). This went on through the early 1900s till they were running short on names (Ship Naming in the United States Navy). Cruisers had gotten their names somewhere else. They were named off of cities (Ship Naming in the United States Navy). Destroyers were named from American naval leaders and heroes (Naming Ships).
During World War 1 a new ship was made called the minesweeper…

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