Congressman Jim Banks hopes US Navy will name a combat ship ‘USS Fort Wayne’

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) – Congressman Jim Banks is hopeful that the U.S. Navy could name a combat ship the USS Fort Wayne.

In November, U.S. Rep. Jim Banks (IN-03), who is a member of the House Armed Services Committee and a veteran, sent a letter to the secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer.

Banks asked the Navy to consider naming a ship the U.S.S. Fort Wayne because the area produces many key naval capabilities, and several national security leaders come from northeast Indiana, including former Vice President Dan Quayle, and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats.

Fort Wayne produces anti-submarine warfare sonobuoys and the business employs hundreds of Hoosiers.

Banks said in his initial letter to the Navy’s secretary that “a Navy vessel the bearing the name U.S.S. Fort Wayne would convey the American ideals of freedom and patriotism to honor those serving in the U.S. military. Thank you for your consideration on this matter.”

Earlier this month, the Secretary responded.

“As the second-most populous city in Indiana, Fort Wayne is a fitting recommendation. I appreciate you bringing this to my attention and can assure you the recommendation will receive every consideration,” Secretary Spencer wrote.

He also acknowledged that Fort Wayne has a long history of supporting the Navy and Marine Corps.

“I appreciate the Secretary’s response and attention to this idea,” said Banks.

“There’s a great case to be made for another USS Fort Wayne. We are proud that the greater Fort Wayne area produces many key naval capabilities and several national security leaders hail from northeast Indiana.”

You can read the full letter here:

Kayla Crandall

Kayla Crandall

Kayla Crandall is an Emmy award-winning journalist. She serves as the Social Media and Digital Content Manager at WPTA. Follow her on Twitter @KaylerJayne.

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