In honor of late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg‘s support for women’s rights and gender equality, the US Navy wants to name a ship after her.
“She is instrumental to why we now have women of all backgrounds, experiences, and talents serving within our ranks, side by side with their male Sailor and Marine counterparts,” said Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro in a statement, as quoted by Reuters.
Ginsburg’s work on the majority judgment in United States v. Virginia, a landmark 1996 case that overturned Virginia Military Institute’s male-only admissions restriction, was acknowledged by Del Toro.
After overcoming ingrained prejudice in the practice of law and ascending to the United States Supreme Court, Ginsburg became a hero to the American left, championing gender equality and other liberal issues throughout her 27 years in court.
The Supreme Court Justice died of pancreatic cancer complications on Sept. 18, 2020, at the age of 87.
The planned USNS Ruth Bader Ginsburg (T-AO 212) will be a replenishment oiler (T-AO) ship in the John Lewis class, which is named after late civil rights activist and US Representative John Lewis. The oilers can contain 162,000 barrels of oil and provide fuel to the Navy’s operational carrier strike groups.