Navy officially names fleet ship after Yuma

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Navy officially names fleet ship after Yuma

YUMA, AZ (13 On Your Side) -  Pretty soon a ship will be traveling the world bearing Yuma's name.    
     Last June, Ray Mabus, the Secretary of the U.S. Navy announced Yuma would be one of five cities getting a Joint High Speed Vessel named after it.  
    Today, Mabus came into town to officially name the fleet ship at Gateway Park. 
    The $185,433, 564 ship is still under the works -- but it's designed to serve in a variety of roles for the military branches in overseas operations, conducting humanitarian assistance and disaster relief and to support special operation forces. "It's going to go all around the world, carrying the name of Yuma so people in a lot of different places are going to earn about Yuma through the ship."
    Mabus says he chose small cities and towns that reflect america. Yuma, he says, is a model city for military appreciation. "Yuma has just done that for years and years. it's the people at the Marine Air Station -- one of the things they talk about all the time is just how supportive this community is to them and to their families and how much they love being here."
     13 On Your Side caught up with mayor Douglas Nicholls who says the timing of this event sends a message. "I think, again, it's a source of pride. This coming during our centennial month that we're celebrating - it's just maybe a little bit of a coincidence - but it kind of feeds into that same sense of pride our history where we're looking to in the future."
     USNS Yuma is slated to set sail in 2015.