New Navy ship named after Fall River, Mass.

March 25, 2010

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FALL RIVER, Mass.—A new U.S. Navy ship is being named for the seafaring Massachusetts city of Fall River.

Navy Secretary Ray Mabus joined Gov. Deval Patrick for the ceremony Thursday honoring the Fall River, which will be the Navy's fourth Joint High Speed Vessel for transporting troops, equipment and supplies.

Mabus said the ship embodies the patriotic spirit of Fall River and the thousands of its residents who have served in the armed services.

It's not the first time a ship has been named after the city.

The first, the USS Fall River, was a cruiser commissioned in 1945 and used largely on training missions. The tip of the bow of that now decommissioned ship is on display at Battleship Cove in Fall River.