Someone asked about CVN numbers recently and I researched it. I thought I would add this on (I know it makes it longer!) for you history buffs! One mom sent it to her recruit! Hope you like!
The "C" stands for "Cruiser". The "V" for the "v" in aViation or Voler (means "to fly"). "N" is for Nuclear.
Ship 02 USS Reuben James - DD-245 Destroyer, Clemson-class. DE-153 Destroyer Escort Buckley class. FFG-57 Guided Missile Frigate. Named for a Boatswains Mate and his heroism against Barbary Pirates. Here is the Wikipedia link to BM Reuben James: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reuben_James . She is in the movie The Hunt for Red October. Here is the link for the USS Reuben James’: http://www.fas.org/man/dod-101/sys/ship/reuben_james.htm
Ship 03 USS Hopper - DDG-70 Guided Missile Destroyer. Arleigh-Burke class. Named for Rear Admiral “Amazing Grace” Hopper. Here is her Wikipedia link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Hopper_(DDG-70)
Ship 04 USS Arleigh Burke - DDG-51 Guided Missile Destroyer. Named for Admiral Arleigh A. Burke. She is the lead ship in the Arleigh Burke class. Here is her Wikipedia link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Arleigh_Burke_(DDG-51)
Ship 5 USS Theodore Roosevelt - CVN-71 Multi-purpose Aircraft Carrier Nimitz class-active
Ship 6 USS Constitution - To honor her unique historical status she was reclassified to "none" as of 1 September 1975. IX 21 originally. Frigate-First commissioned 1794. Here is a link to the Wikipedia about "Old Ironsides": http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Constitution
Ship 7 USS Chicago - There have been four. Three were cruisers CA-14; CA-29; CA-136 and one submarine - SSN-721. Here is a Wikipedia link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Chicago
Ship 9 USS John F. Kennedy - CVN 67 This one is decommissioned. It is a Kennedy-class supercarrier, lead ship. There is a new one planned for launch in 2019, CVN-79 Ford-class, first steel cut. Here is her Wikipedia link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_John_F._Kennedy_(CV-67)
Ship 10 Enterprise - There have been eight. The two pictured around the quarterdeck of BLDG 7115 of RTC are CV-6 and CVN-65. Here is a Wikipedia link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Enterprise_(BLDG_7115)#Facilities
Ship 11 USS Kearsarge - CV-Fleet Aircraft Carrier, CVA-Attack Aircraft Carrier, and CVS-Antisubmarine Aircraft Carrier. #33 each time she was classified. Long hull Essex-class. Decommissioned and scrapped. Here is her Wikipedia link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Kearsarge_(CV-33)
Ships 12 USS Triton - There have been five. Attack submarine is the third SS-201, the fifth SSRN/SSN-586 this is the current attack submarine-nuclear powered. SS 201 link: http://www.history.navy.mil/danfs/t8/triton-iii.htm . SSRN/SSN-586 link: http://www.history.navy.mil/danfs/t8/triton-v.htm
The first was a tug-1889, here is a link: http://www.history.navy.mil/danfs/t8/triton-i.htm . The second also a tug: http://www.history.navy.mil/danfs/t8/triton-ii.htm . The fourth a steel-hulled diesel powered Coast Guard patrol boat- turned over to the Navy in 1941. Her last number was WMEC-116. Here is a link to her history: http://www.history.navy.mil/danfs/t8/triton-iv.htm
Ship 13 USS Marvin Shields - FF-1066 Knox-class frigate. Named after the only Seabee to win the Medal of Honor, CM3 Marvin Glenn Shields. Link to the USS Marvin Shields: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Marvin_Shields
Link to CM3 Marvin Glenn Shields story: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marvin_Glenn_Shields
Ship 14 Arizona - BB-39. Battleship, Pennsylvania class. This is the one that lies in Pearl Harbor. I had the honor one year to go and stand over her at the memorial site. There was one before her that was destroyed by fire. Here is her Wikipedia link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Arizona_(BB-39)
*I have taken this information from my search on the internet. Wikipedia and History Navy.mil being my main sources. I do not know the location of any of the active vessels and so that information is NOT posted. All information posted is public knowledge.
Also, I am not a historian and do not know the actual ship that the “ships” are named after…this is all just general info on the ships/subs I found.
**BTW, this was TONS of fun and informative! I will be going back and reading further!