US Names New Destroyer After Armenian Navy Secretary

Paul Ignatius

WASHINGTON—The Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced last month that the next Arleigh Burke-class destroyers (DDG) will be named USS Paul Ignatius and USS Daniel Inouye.

“As secretary of the Navy it is my privilege to name these ships to honor a respected naval leader and a true American hero.” Mabus said. “For decades to come, the future USS Paul Ignatius and USS Daniel Inouye will represent the United States and enable the building of partnerships and projection of power around the world.”

The future USS Paul Ignatius (DDG 117) honors Paul Ignatius who served as secretary of the Navy 1967–1969 and as assistant secretary of defense under President Lyndon Johnson. The future USS Daniel Inouye (DDG 118) is named to honor former Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii. Inouye was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions in Tuscany, Italy, during World War II and later became a U.S. senator. USS Paul Ignatius and USS Daniel Inouye will be the first naval ships to bear these names.

Arleigh Burke-class destroyers conduct a variety of operations from peacetime presence and crisis management to sea control and power projection. They are capable of fighting air, surface and subsurface battles simultaneously and contain a myriad of offensive and defensive weapons designed to support maritime warfare.


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  1. HArutuyn said:

    It is a pride to hear and read about this article like i said for years that we Armenian-Americans living in the USA for years we have contributed so much to the economy and to the Military , even though we are not a lot in numbers but our positive impact on the United States of America is greater then some, also there is a article on a Armenian-American Soldier on you tube videos name USA helps Armenian Earthquake victims
    a must see video

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  3. John Evans said:

    Great decision to name a new Arleigh Burke destroyer after Paul Ignatius, who lives up to Adm. Burke’s nick-name, “31-knot Burke.” Hard for land-lubbers to believe, but 31 knots was (still is) damn fast in the ocean.

  4. Ari said:

    Dear President Obama, please take note of the Armenian American contributions to our great nation and stand true to your American values by officially recognizing the Armenian Genocide and by compelling the Turkish Government to return Western Armenia and all stolen Armenian properties to their rightful owners.