This article, which talks about the controversial decision to name LPD-26 for the late Pennsylvania congressman John Murtha, highlights a pet peeve of mine, the breakdown of the Navy’s naming conventions for ships, apparently for political purposes. Naming ships for recent presidents is bad enough. It introduces partisanship where it is not helpful, but the Murtha decision seems a particularly egregious case.
- The Coast Guard could certainly can find another 25+ heroes who could be honored by having a cutter named after them. Can’t see any down side except that it doesn’t immediately distinguish the class members from the FRCs.
- Naming for famous cutters seems another likely choice.
- They might also be named after small cities and towns. Perhaps as a thank you to communities with long close Coast Guard association. There is the small possible problem of possible misunderstanding in communications. Names might reprise those of the 75 Coast Guard manned patrol frigates of World war II which were also named after small cities and towns. The Navy is naming the Littoral Combat Ships after small towns too. This could be seen as a conflict or as an expression that the OPCs are also littoral combat ships. Naming would have to be coordinated with the Navy to avoid duplications.
Somewhere this may have already decided but, any thoughts?