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US Navy to name new MSC replenishment oiler after Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

4 April 2022

The US Navy will name one of its new John Lewis-class fleet replenishment oilers in memory of history-making former Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

The new vessel will be the eighth ship in the series.

'As we close out women's history month, it is my absolute honour to name the next T-AO after the Honorable Ruth Bader Ginsburg,' said US Navy Secretary Carlos Del Toro in an April 2022 statement.

Ginsburg made history as the second woman to serve on the US Supreme Court when she was nominated by President Bill Clinton and confirmed in 1993. She died at the age of 87 in September 2020.

Del Toro called her 'instrumental to why we now have women of all backgrounds, experiences and talents serving within our ranks, side by side with their male sailor and marine counterparts.'

The John Lewis-class replenishment oilers are all named after civil and human rights leaders and activists. They are crewed by civil service mariners, including licensed deck officers who belong to the MM&P Federal Employees Membership Group. MM&P is an affiliate of the Nautilus Federation.

Nautilus previously reported on the launching of a vessel named after gay rights leader Harvey Milk.


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