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  •  Why are Submarines named after States? (2+ / 0-)
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    hypernaught, Roger Fox

    Because fish don't vote.

    If you ask me, our capital ship naming conventions are an absolute disgrace.

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    by tarkangi on Tue Apr 15, 2014 at 04:41:37 PM PDT

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    •  Not a surprise. (3+ / 0-)
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      Roger Fox, annieli, JeffW

      Most American World War II submarines were named after species of fish. Most early nuclear-powered submarines were named after World War II submarines. For example the submarine USS Tunny in World War II was designated SS-282. The nuclear-powered fast attack submarine USS Tunny was designated SSN-682. The first generation of nuclear-powered ballistic submarines were named after famous Americans. Most Los Angeles-class fast attack submarines are named after U.S. cities, with the exception of the USS Hyman G. Rickover. Most Ohio-class guided missle and ballistic missile submarines are named after U.S. states, with the USS Henry M. Jackson being the exception. The Virginia-class fast attack submarines are mostly named after U.S. states. The lone exception as of January 2011 is the John Warner, which is expected to be delivered in 2015.

      In the USN they are generally code-named after Fish or other marine life- for example USS Whale ( SSN-638) USS Nautilus ( SSN-57l- first Nuclear sub) USS Ling ( SS-297) there are were several Sharks, and different types of sharks-both the Squalus ( latin for Shark) and Thresher ( a type of Shark with a large tail) were involved in fatal accidents the latter being an all-hands disaster, the first Nuclear sub involved in a fatal accident.

      The Navy isn't ignorant of politics either; the John Warner and other submarines and ships named after key individuals in the Navy and the Government were typically supportive of the Navy and military in general while serving on Congressional Armed Services Committees. -wiki answers.

      "Wealthy men can't live in an island that is encircled by poverty. We all breathe the same air. We must give a chance to everyone, at least a basic chance." - Ayrton Senna

      by USA Driver on Tue Apr 15, 2014 at 07:15:58 PM PDT

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