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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, http://militarytimes.com/citations-medals-awards/recipient.php?recipientid=21255">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.