Congressional commission recommends the US Navy rename two ships with names tied to the Confederacy
The USS Chancellorsville, a US Navy Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser, was named for the battle of Chancellorsville in 1863 during the American Civil War. The USNS Maury, a Pathfinder-class oceanographic survey ship, was named for Matthew Fontaine Maury, who served in the Confederacy.
The commission, an independent panel, will not provide name recommendations for either of the ships but will leave that to the Navy, the commissioners said during a media roundtable Tuesday.
The commission was established by Congress in the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act to provide recommendations to the Defense Department on renaming Confederate markers on US military installations.
The commission estimates the total cost of renaming all the military bases, installations and assets it has identified will cost about $62 million, a release from the commission said. It has made its recommendations in three parts, with the third and final part due to Congress by October 1.
It will recommend that the secretary of defense authorize directors of “all defense entities and organizations rename defense assets under their control that commemorate the Confederacy or individuals who voluntarily served with the Confederacy,” the release said. It will also recommend the secretary of defense give that same authority to the secretaries of the Army, Navy and Air Force to rename assets in their respective military branches that commemorate the Confederacy.
The latest installment of the report also recommends the statue atop the monument at the Confederate Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery be removed.
“All bronze elements on the monument should be deconstructed, and removed, preferably leaving the granite base and foundation in place to minimize the risk of inadvertent disturbance of graves,” the release said.