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- Amphibious assault ships (LPH, LHA and LHD). They are named after early American sailing ships, famous Marine Corps battles, or legacy names of earlier WWII era carriers.
- Cruisers (CG). They are named after great battles, such as USS Ticonderoga and USS Gettysburg.
- Destroyers (DDG) and Frigates (FFG). They retain their traditional naming conventions after Navy, Coast Guard, and Marine heroes, such as USS Spruance, USS Burke, USS Perry, USS Cole, and USS Kidd, except for USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG-81).
- Other amphibious vessels. They are named after cities or important places in US and US Naval history.
- Fast combat support ships. They are named for distinguished supply ships of the past.
- Replenishment oilers. They were named for shipbuilders and marine and aeronautical engineers, but have returned to the older convention of river names.
- Dry cargo ships (AKE). They are named for American explorers and pioneers
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