US Navy Ships Named in Honor of Women

  • Pocahontas (YT-266), a harbor tug commissioned in 1942 and named for Pocahontas.

  • Sacagawea (YT-326) (later designation of YTM-326), a harbor tug that served in Charleston harbor from 1942 to 1945.

  • Watseka (YT-387), a 1944 harbor tug named for a Potawatomi woman.

  • USS Higbee (DD-806), 1945 a Gearing-class destroyer named for Lenah S. Higbee, Superintendent of Navy Nurse Corps 1911-1922, Higbee served in Fast Carrier Force. She was the first ship laid down, christened, and commissioned for a woman who had served in the U.S. Navy, and the first to see combat so named.

  • USS Hopper (DDG-70), 1996. Built and commissioned at Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine, the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer is named for RADM Grace Murray Hopper, a computer technology pioneer who led the Navy into the digital age.

  • USS Roosevelt (DDG-80) is explicitly named for both Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Eleanor Roosevelt

  • USNS Sacagawea (T-AKE-2) was announced in 2000. She is the second of a new class of replenishment ships.

  • USNS Mary Sears (T-AGS-65), an oceanographic survey ship, was launched in October 2000 and is still active as of 2005. She was named for Commander Mary Sears.

  • USS Anna B. Smith (ID-1458)

  • USS Bella (ID-2211)

  • USS Annie B. Embry (ID-2401)

  • USS Luella (ID-2691)

  • USS Sara Thompson (ID-3148) later reclassified AO-8


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