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Newest JHSV to be named Millinocket

May. 31, 2012 - 09:39AM   |   Last Updated: May. 31, 2012 - 09:39AM  |  
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MILLINOCKET, Maine The next joint high speed vessel (JHSV) will be named the USNS Millinocket, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus announced Wednesday.

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said the Navy chose the name because "Millinocket personifies the American values of ingenuity and community." Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, said the decision honors Maine as the USS Stephen W. Groves is retired. Groves, from East Millinocket,">died in the Battle of Midway in World War II.

Rep. Mike Michaud, D-Maine, said his state has a long, proud history of shipbuilding that deserves to be recognized and honored by the naming of the Navy's vessels.

The ship is tentatively scheduled to be christened in January.

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