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The USS KING Naming Project

Newspaper Article - Front Page dated March 6, 2006

Read a Newspaper Story written March 6, 2006
by Chris Powell, The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, OH

The USS King [DLG-10/DDG-41] Association has taken on an exciting project. We are proposing to have an Arleigh Burke Class Guided Missile Destroyer be named after Fleet Admiral Ernest J. King. We would like to see Fleet Admiral King’s legacy and our legacy as King Sailors, live on.

Read a Forward by Admiral of the Fleet Ernest J. King, USN as published in "Battle Stations! Your Navy in Action" from 1946.

I CAN best stress the importance of the U. S. Navy to the American people when I state that without sea power on our side the United States would never have become a nation......More

"I wish to have no connection with any ship that does not sail fast, for I intend to go in harm's way" John Paul Jones

“No fighter ever won his fight by covering up - merely fending off the other fellow's blows. The winner hits and keeps on hitting even though he has to be able to take some stiff blows in order to keep on hitting.” Ernest J. King, Fleet Admiral

Although we can’t relive what has been, we can relive through those that take our places at the helm, engine room, mess hall, CIC, etc. We have pride in the ship we served so faithfully even though it is gone. We would like to feel we left a legacy to fulfill, a Naval tradition, with respect for the sea and one another.

Chuck White, Webmaster

DDG-51 Arleigh Burke Class

Photo of USS Arleigh Burke DDG-51 with KING superimposed.

Efforts are underway to have a new Arleigh Burke class Guided Missile Destroyer

named after Fleet Admiral Ernest J. King

The Secretary of the Navy makes the final decision on the names of all new U. S. Naval Ships, and we are beginning a drive to send letters to him and other influential people to make this happen.

The only way we can make this happen is by letting the Secretary know that there are a number of people who would like to see Fleet Admiral King’s legacy and our legacy as King Sailors, live on.
The SECNAV’s address:

The Honorable
Donald C. Winter
Secretary of the Navy
1000 Navy Pentagon
Washington, D.C.

CNO's Address:

ADM Michael G. Mullen, USN
Chief of Naval Operations
2000 Navy Pentagon
Washington, DC

Ohio State Representatives
Senator Mike DeWine
Senator George V. Voinovich
13th Congressional District

Congressman Sherrod Brown
2332 Rayburn Building
Washington, DC 20515
Governor of Ohio

Governor Bob Taft
30th Floor
77 South High Street
Columbus, Ohio 43215-6117

Here is the official letter from the President of the USS King (DLG-10/DDG-41) Association . 
We encourage all Kingsmen to write the Secretary of the Navy, relaying personal experience and the desire to see another ship named King. Here is a sample letter. Also a copy should be sent to the King's Historian:

Call for Volunteers

If you would like to volunteer to be part of the USS King Naming Committee, contact Mark Donovan, the Committee Chairman, at mark@bnbmusic.com for details.

Mark Donovan
307 S. West St.

Harrington, DE 19952
Phone: (302) 697-2155

We would like to contact as many people in Washington that are involved with military affairs as possible. Here is a list of Senate and House committees that involve military affairs. If any of these members are from your state, we recommend writing to or visiting them as a member of their constituency:
Senate Armed Services Committee:
House Armed Services Committee:

House Armed Services Committee:

John Warner (R - Virginia) - Chairman
Duncan Hunter, (R – California) Chairman
Senate Appropriations Committee, Subcommittee on Military Construction

House Appropriations Committee, Subcommittee on Military Construction


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