Navy ship named after Burlington
BURLINGTON — The U.S. Navy has named a ship after Vermont’s largest city.
Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced last week that one of the next three joint high-speed vessels will be named the USNS Burlington.
The two others will be the USNS Yuma and USNS Bismarck.
The Navy names the vessels after small American cities and counties.
“Several cities will be represented for the first time in the Navy fleet, establishing a new connection and tradition that forms a bond between a city’s residents and the sailors and Marines who serve in its namesake ship,” said Mabus.
The high-speed transport vessels are used to support overseas contingency operations, provide humanitarian assistance and disaster relief and to assist special operations forces, the Navy said.
The ships will be 33 feet long and operate at speeds of about 40 knots, the Navy said. Austal USA in Mobile, Ala., is building the vessels.
Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger said the city welcomes the honor and distinction that the naming represents.
“Our City has a rich history, including a rich naval history. Our citizens have built a thriving community on the shores of a beautiful lake, and we even have been called one of America’s most livable cities,” he said.