(The Hill) — The U.S. Navy will name a future ship after the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro announced Thursday.
The T-AO 212 refueling oiler will be designated USNS Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
“As we close Women’s History Month, it is an absolute honor for me to name the next T-AO after the Honorable Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She is a historic figure who vigorously defended the rights of women. women and gender equality,” Del Toro said.
“As Secretary of the Navy, my goal is to ensure equality and eliminate gender discrimination throughout the Department of the Navy,” he continued, adding that Ginsburg has been instrumental in why we now have women of all backgrounds, experiences and talents serving within our ranks, side by side with their male Sailor and Sailor counterparts.
Ginsburg was the second woman to serve on the United States Supreme Court and was well known for her advocacy of women’s rights in cases such as United States v. Virginia, which ruled that it was unconstitutional for the Virginia Military Institute to prohibit women from admission.
His daughter, Jane Ginsburg, will be the new ship’s godmother, according to Del Toro.
Navy ships are regularly named after prominent public figures. The lead ship of the eight T-AOs is named after former Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), who died in 2020.
The tankers of the T-AO fleet, which are mainly used for transporting fuel, have the capacity to transport up to 162,000 barrels of oil each.
The vessels, designed by General Dynamics National Steel and Shipbuilding Company, stretch up to 742 feet and have double hulls to protect against oil spills. They can reach a speed of 20 knots.