FAIRBANKS, Alaska - A new warship is named in honor of an Alaskan Senator. The Alaska Congressional Delegation announced that Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer has named a future Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer in honor of the late U.S. Senator Ted Stevens, who served as Alaska's Senator from 1968-2009. Arleigh Burke-class destroyers conduct a variety of operations from peacetime presence and crisis response to sea control and power projection. The future USS Ted Stevens will be capable of fighting air, surface and subsurface battles simultaneously.
Senator Murkowski and Representative Don Young commented on the naming of the warship.
Senator Sullivan said,"May this ship bearing his name continue his remarkable legacy for decades to come and may her crew gain inspiration for their missions from one of our country's truly great men."