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FT. WAYNE, Ind.–Several ships have been named for Indianapolis. The new U.S.S. Indiana is now in service. Now Rep. Jim Banks (R-3rd Dist.) is asking the Navy to name a ship after the city’s second-largest city.

“The greater Fort Wayne area produces many key naval capabilities, and several national security leaders hail from northeast Indiana,” said Banks, in a letter to Sec. of the Navy Richard Spencer. 

“In honor of northeast Indiana’s national security contributions, I’ve asked the Navy to consider naming a combat ship the U.S.S. Fort Wayne.”

One-hundred years have passed since the previous U.S.S. Fort Wayne was commissioned in 1918 and decommissioned in 1919, said Banks.

“The city of Fort Wayne is named in honor of General Anthony Wayne, a Revolutionary War leader, appointee of President Washington to command the U.S. Army from 1792-1796, and key negotiator of the Treaty of Greenville to usher Ohio into statehood. Fort Wayne represents the American spirit and embodies the multi-ethnic blend of Native American, German, Irish, and Burmese cultural traditions,” said Banks’ letter.

Banks also pointed out that Ft. Wayne is the home of former Vice-Pres. Dan Quayle and Dir. of National Intelligence Dan Coats.

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