Navy intends to name one of its (3?) DDG-1000s after Michael Monsoor:
The Navy will name a Zumwalt-class destroyer after a SEAL who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for diving on a grenade to save three buddies during a firefight in Ramadi, Iraq.
“Michael Monsoor’s name will now be linked with one of our nation’s most visible examples of military power — a U.S. Navy warship,” Navy Secretary Donald Winter said in announcing the decision Wednesday night.
Petty Officer 2nd Class Monsoor died in 2006 while smothering an insurgent grenade that had been hurled at SEALs who were providing rooftop overwatch for Army troops. He was 25.
Acquistion problems aside – and when it comes to the DDG-1000 series, that’s a pretty big aside – I can’t think of a better name for a stealthy destroyer than Petty Officer Monsoor. Except perhaps SEAL Lieutenant Michael Murphy. Who, as it turns out, is also getting a ship named after him. Maybe we should call them the “Hero” class, rather than the “Zumwalt” class.
Couldn’t hurt in Congress. God knows NAVSEA could use the help.