NC Ships

In the past few weeks, two US Navy vessels bearing North Carolina-related names have been in the news. A new USS North Carolina, this one a fast-attack nuclear submarine, was christened in April 2007 and commissioned on May 3, 2008. It is the fourth Navy ship to bear the name “North Carolina,” with the previous one being the battleship now moored in Wilmington. In addition, a recent news story reports that the USS Kitty Hawk, the oldest active ship in the Navy, will be decommissioned.