UPDATED 8:57 AM PT — Thurs. July 12, 2018
A U.S. Navy guided missile destroyer has officially been named after Senator John McCain in an induction ceremony at Yokosuka Naval Base.
The official namesake — the USS John S. McCain — was presented on-board the ship in Japan early Thursday by U.S. Navy Secretary Richard V. Spencer.
The destroyer was commissioned in 1994 as part of the U.S. 7th Fleet, and already carries the names of both McCain’s father and grandfather.
“Senator John McCain never asked for this honour nor would he never seek it, but we would be remiss if we did not etch his name alongside his illustrious forebearers because this country would not be the same if it were not for the courageous services of all three of these great men,” said Secretary Spencer.
McCain took to Twitter to thank the military branch, saying he’s “deeply honored.”
I'm deeply honored to be added to the USS John S McCain namesake along with my heroes, my father & grandfather. I hope the sailors who will serve aboard the USS McCain will find the same fulfillment as my family in serving a cause greater than oneself. https://t.co/v6KsPMq4Rq pic.twitter.com/HGFVvrwxq7
— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) July 12, 2018
The lawmaker served in the U.S. Navy before launching his political career in 1982.