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List of military vessels named after women
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List of military vessels named after women

Few military vessels have been named after women. Only one ship (USS Hopper) is on active service as of 2004.

Lady Washington, in 1776. Lady Washington was the first American armed ship named for a woman, but not Continental or U.S. Navy. She was a row galley, a small wooden river gunboat, built in 1776 by New York State to defend Hudson River, named in honor of Martha Washington. Remained active, under General Washington's command through June 1777.

Harriet Lane, in 1858. First armed ship named for a woman to serve with US Navy. A Revenue Cutter, she was named for niece of President James Buchanan, who served as Buchanan's White House hostess. The ship was transferred to Navy 1858, later returned to Revenue Cutter Service. Transferred to Navy when the Civil War began, 1861; captured by Confederates at Galveston, Texas Jan 1863. Not returned to Government service after end of war.

Bloomer (Sternwheel river steamer) in 1862, apparently former name retained. Named for Amelia Bloomer, feminist. Captured from Confederates 1862; served in USN 1863-65.

Sacagawea (YT-241), a harbor tug in 1942. First instance of USN assignment of woman's name to naval vessel. Named for a Shoshone woman who acted as guide and interpreter for Lewis and Clark on their expedition into the Northwest region of the United States. The name was assigned to tug acquired by Maritime Commission for Navy use. Acceptance canceled; vessel retained by Maritime Commission. No Navy service.

Pocahontas (harbor tug YT-266) in 1942.

Five transports named for women on 20 Aug 1942:

Sacagawea (YT-326), harbor tug. Acquired from Brazil, served in Charleston harbor from 1942 to 1945.

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

USS Higbee (DD-806), Gearing-class destroyer in 1945. First warship named for woman by USN; first USN ship so named to take part in combat operations. Named for Lenah S. Higbee, Superintendent of Navy Nurse Corps 1911-1922. Served in Fast Carrier Force.

USS Hopper (DDG-70), a guided missile destroyer in 1996. Commissioned on Saturday, January 6th at Bath Ironworks in Bath, Maine she is named after Rear Admiral Grace Murray Hopper who was one of the pioneering spirits in the field of computer technology, and led the Navy into the computer age. She first retired in 1967, then called back to active duty and retired a second time in 1986. She died in 1992.

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