McCain joins father and grandfather on ship’s list of namesakes
YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE — The USS John S. McCain has a new namesake: Sen. John S. McCain III.
The ship, originally christened in 1992 in honor of the maverick politician’s Navy admiral father, “Jack” and grandfather, “Slew,” was rededicated Thursday to also honor the former Republican presidential candidate and Vietnam veteran.
Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer and top Navy brass gathered for the ceremony on the deck of a ship still healing wounds suffered in a collision with an oil tanker near Singapore last fall that cost 10 sailors’ lives.
The McCain has been undergoing repairs in dry dock at Yokosuka since late last year. Her mast is still covered with scaffolding, and large swaths of steel, red with primer and rust from the port’s salty, humid air, cover the area damaged in the crash.
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