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The Journal Gazette

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 5:00 pm

Indiana U.S. senators want ship named for Lugar

BRIAN FRANCISCO | The Journal Gazette

Indiana's U.S. senators announced Wednesday that they would introduce an amendment to the defense authorization bill that would have the Navy name a warship after former Indiana senator Richard Lugar, who died April 28.

The amendment by Republican Sens. Todd Young and Mike Braun would name the next unnamed Arleigh Burke Class Destroyer in honor of Lugar, who as a Navy officer in the 1950s was an intelligence briefer to Adm. Arleigh Burke, then the chief of naval operations.

Young and Braun pointed out in a joint statement that Lugar was a leader of the Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction Program, which has deactivated thousands of nuclear and chemical weapons in former Soviet Union states. 

"At a time when nuclear proliferation was civilization’s greatest threat, Senator Lugar helped save the world," Young said. "It is fitting that the Navy honor his legacy by naming one of their warships after this dedicated statesman who helped change the course of history."

Braun said, "Senator Richard Lugar is a towering figure in Hoosier history, one of the greatest statesmen ever to serve in the U.S. Senate."