List of U.S. military vessels named after living Americans

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Former president George H. W. Bush views a model of USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77), the aircraft carrier named for him.

The United States Navy has a long tradition that no vessel be named for a living person,[citation needed] and an equally long tradition, stretching back to the Continental Navy, of breaking it from time to time. The U.S. Navy generally announces the name of a ship some time before it is launched, and well before it is accepted for purchase and commissioned into active service.

List of ships[edit]

The following ships received their names while their namesakes were alive. The list includes several ships whose namesakes died before the ships were commissioned.


George Washington


James Madison


Jimmy Carter and a model of the SSN-23


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