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Release Omits Mention of Submarine USS Indianapolis
By Harold Hutchison

In a release announcing the naming of the 17th Littoral Combat Ship, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus claimed it would be “the third ship to bear the name. The previous Indianapolis is best known for its role in World War II, where it operated from Pearl Harbor and throughout the Pacific escorting convoys and attacking enemy submarines.”

That would be news to anyone who served on the Los Angeles class attack submarine USS Indianapolis, which was commissioned in 1980 and decommissioned in 1998, to become the third ship to bear the name USS Indianapolis. Los Angeles-class submarines were the backbone of the United States Navy’s submarine force throughout the late 1980s through the 2000s.

The submarine USS Indianapolis had a listing on the Navy’s online Naval Register of Vessels (http://www.nvr.navy.mil/nvrships/details/SSN697.htm), and there was also a Wikipedia entry on the submarine. The littoral combat ship will actually be the fourth ship to bear the name USS Indianapolis.