Naming the Future Doris Miller (CVN-81)

When Congress authorized the funding of a Navy in 1794, the authority for naming ships was given to President Washington, who personally selected the names of the first six frigates from a list of 15 names he was presented with.  By act of Congress in 1819, ““all of the ships of the navy of the United States, now building, or hereafter to be built, shall be named by the Secretary of the Navy, under the direction of the President of the United States.” 1In the decades since, ship-naming conventions have varied.  In the 20th Century, the naming conventions tended to remain consistent within ship types.  For example:-Battlehships were named for states.-Cruisers were named for cities or U.S. Territories.-Essex-class carriers were named for battles or historic ships.-Submarines were named for creatures of the deep.-Destroyers and destroyer escorts were named for naval heroes.Per the 2018 GAO report to Congress regarding ship naming:




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