Acting Navy Secretary, Thomas Modly, announced Monday that he will name the new Navy warship, "USS Arizona."
There has not been a Navy ship has been named that since the "USS Arizona" was sunk at the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. After the attack, only 334 crew members survived while 1,177 died and the ship remains at the bottom of Pearl Harbor.
"Today is a proud day for Arizona," said Governor Doug Ducey. "It's been nearly 80 years since the attacks on Pearl Harbor, which resulted in the sinking of the USS Arizona and deaths of 1,177 of her crew members. This ship and the name, 'USS Arizona,' hold special meaning for our country, its history and the people of Arizona - and today, that legacy begins a new chapter. The commissioning of a new warship named Arizona honors our past-including those who have given their lives in service to our country-and our future and recognizes Arizona's important contributions to our nation and its defense. Arizona thanks Acting Secretary Modly for this honor and we look forward to the official commissioning of the new USS Arizona."
The ship is a Virginia-class nuclear-powered attack submarine, the navy's newest undersea warfare platform. The ship can hold roughly 130 crew members.