U.S. Navy Dedicates Guided Missile Destroyer to John McCain

The USS John S. McCain under repair at a dry dock is seen prior to a re-dedication ceremony for at the U.S. Naval base in Yokosuka, southwest of Tokyo, Thursday, July 12, 2018. The head of the U.S. Navy’s has dedicated one of two destroyers involved in fatal accidents in the Pacific last year to Sen. John McCain. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

The U.S. Navy dedicated one of its guided missile destroyers to Sen. John McCain on Thursday.

The ship is one of the of two destroyers that were involved in fatal accidents last year in the Pacific.

“Today, we add the story of Senator John S. McCain to the spirit of the mighty vessel which already carries the legacy of his father and grandfather,” Navy Secretary Richard Spencer said of the honor in a press release.

“As a warrior and a statesman who has always put country first, Sen. John McCain never asked for this honor, and he would never seek it. But we would be remiss if we did not etch his name alongside his illustrious forebears, because this country would not be the same were it not for the courageous service of all three of these great men,” Spencer continued.

According to the Associated Press, the ship was first named after McCain’s father and grandfather after it launched in 1994.

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SOURCE: The Hill, Aris Folley