Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus has announced that the next Littoral Combat Ship will be named ‘Indianapolis,’ honoring WWII’s USS Indianapolis survivors.
“The name INDIANAPOLIS will put to sea on the stern of a U.S. Navy warship carrying on the tradition of service that you and your shipmates have forever associated with the name,” wrote Mabus in an address to World War II survivors meeting in the city this weekend.
The USS Indianapolis sank in shark infested waters after delivering key components of the atomic bombs dropped on Japan. Nearly 900 of the 1100 Marines and sailors on board survived. 316 of them were rescued after floating in the water for five days. 38 of them are still alive today.