What will be the name of The Next U.S. Supercarrier: USS Barack Obama or USS Donald Trump? America’s currently has 5 new supercarriers. Four of them already have names, while one of them the yet to be named. Here is the latest American aircraft carrier:
- USS George W. Bush (CVN-77)
- USS Gerald R Ford (CVN-78)
- USS John F. Kennedy (CVN-79)
- USS Enterprise (CVN-80)
- The yet to be named (CVN-81)
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The yet to be named (CVN-81) is slated to leap in price to just over $15Billion and could be the most expensive ship ever built.
So the Biggest question is Should the U.S. Navy name a future Ford-class carrier after President Barack Obama or Donald Trump?
U.S. Navy ships are named by the secretary of the Navy—under the direction of the president—according to a 2012 Navy report to the Congress.
But within the Navy, there are two warring camps—“orthodox traditionalists” who believe ship names should rigidly follow naming conventions, and “pragmatic traditionalists” who are more flexible.
Naming conventions for aircraft carriers and for other ships have changed over the years, but the current unofficial convention was adopted in 1996 with the 104th Congress.
The Republican-dominated Congress demanded the Democratic President Bill Clinton name the next carrier after President Ronald Reagan.
Clinton acquiesced after a compromise was reached—CVN-75 would be renamed Harry S. Truman after the thirty-third and Democratic president, instead of being called the United States.
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