US Navy names new ship "Cherokee Nation"
On Feb 12, Gulf Island Shipyard held a keel laying ceremony for the USNS Cherokee Nation. Cherokee Nation is the second ship of the Navy's Navajo class of Towing, Salvage, and Rescue vessels.
The Cherokee Nation and U.S. Navy gathered in Louisiana Wednesday to see early construction of the USNS Cherokee Nation (T-ATS 7) and celebrate the vessel’s first milestone.
One of the U.S. Navy’s newest towing, rescue and salvage ships is being named the "Cherokee Nation" to honor the service and contributions Cherokee citizens have made to the Navy and Marine Corps.
“Throughout time, our Cherokee people have served as protectors of this country, contributing in every major battle and war ever fought. Today, our tribal citizens continue to serve the Armed Forces in disproportionately higher rates showing that same patriotism and bravery,” Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin. “Today we are proud Cherokees and proud this ship will bear our great name. We stand with the men and women in the Armed Forces and we mark this occasion as among the proudest in Cherokee history.”
Maritime Business World