When the Congress controls the funding the naming if "requested" will be honored.
Thus the USS Mendel Rivers SSN-686 and USS William H. Bates SSN-680, notable fish species.
I wish we had kept naming our CVs after battles rather than presidents. I rather liked the naming scheme of person = DD, city = cruiser, state = BB, etc.
We never did have that naming convention for carriers. It was always mixed.
Langley, Enterprise, Wasp, Hornet, Boxer, Bon Homme Richard, Cabot, FDR, Ranger, etc. were none of them battle names.
The use of states is hopelessly corrupted now with BBs, Ohio-class, and now a whole class of SSNs.
For awhile cruisers were famous battles, but for a long time before and since so were large amphibs.
Shhhh! I familiarized myself with the WW2-era USN before I learned (a small bit) about other parts of naval history. Was it really different from that in those days, other than for CVs? It seemed to hold true for DDs, CAs/CLs, and BBs.
As well as fish for subs. I always liked that one.
I think the naming conventions were in cement except for carriers, yes. I don't know any submariners who wouldn't prefer fish names, for SSNs at least. SSBNs have always been a political fight right from the start with the fights over using Civil War persons.
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