The vessel has not yet been built, but officials said it will be a John Lewis-class replenishment oiler ship, tasked with carrying fuel to the Navy’s operating carrier strike groups.
The late “Notorious R.B.G.” will add another entry to her long list of accomplishments. The Navy will name a ship after her. https://t.co/W4boYtJpnZ
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“As we close out women’s history month, it is my absolute honor to name the next T-AO after the Honorable Ruth Bader Ginsburg,” Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro said in a statement. “She is a historic figure who vigorously advocated for women’s rights and gender equality.”
Del Toro added that this ship is part of the Navy’s effort to “ensure equality and eliminate gender discrimination across the Department of the Navy.”
“She is instrumental to why we now have women of all backgrounds, experiences, and talents serving within our ranks, side by side with their male Sailor and Marine counterparts,” he said of Ginsburg, referring to a 1996 case in which she struck down the Virginia Military Institute’s admissions policy that excluded women.
“The Court has repeatedly recognized that neither federal nor state government acts compatibly with the equal protection principle when a law or official policy denies to women, simply because they are women, full citizenship stature-equal opportunity to aspire, achieve, participate in and contribute to society based on their individual talents and capacities,” Ginsburg wrote in the majority opinion.
That’s assuming, of course, a judge can define what a woman is; which has proven difficult for the likely next Justice.
The Navy has named several other ships in the John Lewis-class after deceased leftist icons, including openly gay California Democrat Harvey Milk, Robert F. Kennedy, and former Supreme Court justice Earl Warren.