Navy ship’s name to honor the Navajo Nation

U.S.N.S. Navajo
U.S.N.S. Navajo

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – A Navy ship will soon bear the name of the Navajo Nation.

Arizona Sen. John McCain announced the naming of the U.S.N.S. Navajo.

Back in November 2014, the Navajo Nation Council passed a resolution urging the Navy to name the ship after them, Sen. McCain helped push the measure through.

The Navy has a tradition of naming tug and salvage ships after Native American tribes, but the Navajo Nation was one of the biggest to not be recognized. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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