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South Jersey

July 11, 1939

U. S. to name big battleship 'New Jersey'

WASHINGTON - One of the Navy's new 45,000-ton battleships will be named the "New Jersey" by order of President Roosevelt. Another will be called the "Iowa."

Louis Compton, special assistant to the Secretary of the Navy, was informed of the President's order today by the White House, and immediately communicated the news to Senator William H. Smathers, of New Jersey, who for years has advocated naming an important warship for his state.

One of the 45,000-ton warships, largest in the world, is under construction at the Philadelphia Navy Yard and another at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Today's order did not specify which shall be the "New Jersey."

The President also directed that the destroyer D4-39 be named "Thomas Edison," after the father of the Acting Secretary of the Navy, also the D4-40 be named the "John Ericcson" in honor of the designer of the Civil War ship "Monitor," who also was the inventor of the screw propellor and the turret gun. Ericcson perfected many inventions while living in New Jersey. Another destroyer was named the "Swanson" in honor of the late Secretary Claude A. Swanson.



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