US Navy to Dub Newest Rescue Ship 'Cherokee Nation'

Ziggy Sims, Xolon-Salinan Tribe, Larry Brown, Cherokee/Creek/Crow Tribes, and jerome Salgado, Cahuilla Tribe, pray over their ceremonial drum prior to the the Navajo Cold Talker Mural Dedication, honoring the Code Talkers who lived in the Barstow area, during an event held in Barstow, California, Nov. 11, 2018. The families of the five United States Marines who served as Navajo Code Talkers during World War II, were present and spoke to the crowd about their relatives' proud service to the Corps and to the
Ziggy Sims, Xolon-Salinan Tribe, Larry Brown, Cherokee/Creek/Crow Tribes, and jerome Salgado, Cahuilla Tribe, pray over their ceremonial drum prior to the the Navajo Cold Talker Mural Dedication, honoring the Code Talkers who lived in the Barstow area, during an event held in Barstow, California, Nov. 11, 2018. The families of the five United States Marines who served as Navajo Code Talkers during World War II, were present and spoke to the crowd about their relatives' proud service to the Corps and to the United States of America. (Photo by Laurie Pearson)

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) — One of the U.S. Navy's newest rescue ships is being named the "Cherokee Nation" to honor the service and contributions the Cherokee people have made to the Navy and Marine Corps.

Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer announced Friday that Gulf Island Shipyards has been awarded a $64.8 million contract to build the ship, scheduled for completion by 2021.

The Navy says the contract includes an option for six additional vessels, each to be named in honor of a prominent Native American or tribe.

Navy officials say it's the fifth U.S. ship to be named in honor of the Cherokee people and the first since a World War II-era tugboat dubbed the USS Cherokee.

 

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