Navy to name ship after late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy

BOSTON — The U.S. Navy is naming a ship after Robert F. Kennedy.

Navy Secretary Ray Mabus announced the name Tuesday at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston. Members of the Kennedy family attended.

Congressman Joe Kennedy says they're "deeply grateful" for the honor.

The Robert F. Kennedy's job will be to restock and refuel ships already at sea.

Ships in the class are being named in honor of human rights heroes. Mabus says the class would be incomplete without Kennedy's name.

Kennedy served as U.S. attorney general from 1961 to 1964 and as a U.S. senator from New York from 1965 to 1968. He was assassinated in 1968.

Mabus chooses ship names to help connect people with the Navy and Marine Corps.

Construction is expected to begin in 2021. 

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