The newest Navy Towing, Salvage, and Rescue ship will be named for the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe

Elizabeth Howe
August 01, 2019 - 1:47 pm

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The Navy's newest Towing, Salvage, and Rescue ship will be named Saginaw Ojibwe Anishinabek to honor the service and contributions of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan, Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer announced this week. 

“I am deeply honored to announce that the history of the Saginaw Chippewa people will once again be part of Navy and Marine Corps history,” said Spencer. “The future USNS Saginaw Ojibwe Anishinabek honors the original people of modern day Michigan, with their original name, and will carry the proud Ojibwe legacy for decades to come.”

Ojibwe is also referred to as Chippewa and Anishinabek means "original people."

The Saginaw Chippewa tribe includes people of the Saginaw, Black River, and Swan Creek bands. This is the first ship to bear the name Saginaw Ojibwe Anishinabek and the fifth U.S. ship to be named in honor of the Saginaw Chippewa people. 

“It’s a great honor to have the name and language of our people on a Navy ship,” said Chief Ronald Ekdahl, chief of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan. “We hold our veterans in high regard, and we have a proud tradition of having many of our men and women provide service to our country. Chi Miigwetch (Thank You) to the U.S. Navy for recognizing the culture in such a distinct way.”

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