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Navy warship to be named USS Arizona; first since Pearl Harbor

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Posted at 2:48 PM, Dec 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-23 16:48:43-05

TUCSON, Ariz. — For the first time in decades, a Navy warship will be named after the Grand Canyon State.

Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly announced Monday that a new ship will receive the name USS Arizona -- the first time since its original namesake sunk at Pearl Harbor in 1941.

Gov. Doug Ducey touted the announcement Monday afternoon.

"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," Ducey said in a statement Monday.

The new ship will be Virginia-class fast-attack submarine, a nuclear powered ship to house around 130 crewmembers, Gov. Ducey's office said.

The original USS Arizona sunk at the bombing attack on Pearl Harbor, and 1,177 of its crewmembers died. It was deemed unsalvageable at the time, and still sits at the bottom of the harbor in Hawaii, where a memorial now sits.