Banks Calls For Naming Ship USS Fort Wayne

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WASHINGTON, D.C. -

Congressman Jim Banks (R-3) is looking to have one of the U.S. Navy's ships named after the city of Fort Wayne. In a letter to Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer, Banks a ship bearing the Allen County city's name would "convey the American ideals of freedom and patriotism to honor those serving in the U.S. military."

Banks specifically requested having a Littoral Combat Ship named after the city. The LCS is the Navy's newest class of warship, according to the Navy website.

It would not be the first time a ship would be called the USS Fort Wayne. The previous iteration was a freighter commissioned by the Navy in 1918 and decommissioned one year later.

You can read Banks' full letter below:

 

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