Congressional Committee Recommends U.S. Navy Rename Two Ships With Names Associated With The Confederacy

USS Chancellorsville, a US Navy Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser, was named for the Battle of Chancellorsville in 1863 during the American Civil War. USNS Maury, a Pathfinder-class oceanographic survey vessel, was named for Matthew Fontaine Maury, who served in the Confederacy.

The commission, an independent panel, will not make naming recommendations for any of the ships, but will leave it up to the Navy, commissioners said at a media roundtable Tuesday.

The commission was created by Congress in the National Defense Authorization Act of 2021 to make recommendations to the Department of Defense on renaming Confederate insignia on US military installations.

Changing the base’s moniker to the Confederates has been a years-long process that has become a hot political issue in the final months of the Trump administration. At the time, then-President Donald Trump decried the idea and vetoed the NDAA, accusing others of “wanting to drop those names.”
In the final days of his administration, Congress passed its first veto override of his tenure, passing the legislation with overwhelming bipartisan support.

The commission has estimated that the total cost of renaming all the bases, installations and military assets it has identified will be about $62 million, the commission said. He has made recommendations in three parts, the third and last part being for Congress by October 1st.

The first part of the report focused on renaming nine military bases and will cost more than $21 million, the commission said. The second part, dedicated to the US Military Academy and the US Naval Academy, will cost about $451,000. The third part of the report will be the most expensive, at nearly $41 million, the release said.

The Secretary of Defense will recommend that the directors of “all defense entities and organizations” be authorized to rename defense assets under their control, individuals who commemorate the Confederacy or serve voluntarily in the Confederacy,” the statement said. He will also recommend that the Secretary of Defense be given this authority to , to the Secretaries of the Navy and Air Force to designate assets from their military branches commemorating the Confederacy.

The final part of the report recommends removing the statue atop the Confederate Memorial monument at Arlington National Cemetery.

“All bronze elements of the monument should be dismantled and removed, preferably leaving the granite base and foundations intact, to minimize the risk of inadvertent disturbance of graves,” the statement said.