Navy Secretary Ray Mabus announced that a class of research ships will be named after the late Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk the surface of the moon and a legend of naval aviation.
The first of two Armstrong-class auxiliary general oceanographic research ships will bear his name; his widow, Carol, will sponsor the vessel.
Armstrong, who is best known for his accomplishments with the Apollo program, was a naval aviator first, catching his first wire in an F8F-1 Bearcat on the deck of the light carrier Cabot. His career as a naval aviator included 80 combat missions during the Korean War.
Beats the heck out of naming them after Cesar Chavez or Gabby Giffords, IMHO.