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TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — The Cherokee Nation and U.S. Navy christened the USNS Cherokee Nation, honoring Cherokee citizens who served in the Navy and Marine Corps.

The 10,000 ton USNS Cherokee Nation (T-ATS 7) is the Navy’s newest towing and rescue ship and the second ship in its class. The ship will be operated by the Navy’s Military Sealift Command.

The ceremony celebrating the USNS Cherokee Nation was held on Saturday at the Bollinger shipyard in Houma, Louisiana.

“Our Cherokee people throughout time have stood as protectors of this country, contributing in every major battle and war ever fought and they continue to serve the Armed Forces in disproportionately higher rates, showing that same patriotism and bravery,” said Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. in a press release. “We are so proud to witness this ship’s completion. It will bear our great name and mark the occasion as among the …

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