Nereo Castelli Posted April 18, 2017 Report Share Posted April 18, 2017 Dal New York Times di oggi: The aircraft carrier Carl Vinson, named for the “Father of the Two-Ocean Navy.”Tyler Hicks/The New York Times When the U.S. recently sent a team of warships to the Korean Peninsula, we wondered about the namesake of the aircraft carrier leading the group — the Carl Vinson — and the broader question of how Navy ships are named.Carl Vinson was a long-serving Georgia congressman whose zeal for military expansion led him to be called the “Father of the Two-Ocean Navy.” Launched in 1980, a year before Mr. Vinson’s death, the carrier was one of the first major Navy ships to have been named after a living person since the 1800s. In 1862, Congress specified that ships, depending on their class, should be named after states, rivers or “principal cities and towns.” But naval expansion soon exhausted geographical names.Some names have been divisive. The Clinton administration took heat for naming a destroyer after a British citizen, Winston Churchill, and traditionalists objected to plans to name a ship after Harvey Milk, the slain gay rights leader. Mr. Vinson was a segregationist.And sometimes the name just doesn’t fit. A cargo ship was named after the civil rights activist Cesar Chavez. A proponent of nonviolence, he once said his time in the Navy had been “the two worst years of my life.” Luiz 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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