MILLINOCKET — A speedy warship built to transport troops, military vehicles and equipment is going to be named the USS Millinocket.

Sens. Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe and Congressman Mike Michaud were informed Wednesday of the Navy’ s name for the high-speed vessel under construction on the Alabama coast.

Collins says the Navy chose the name because “Millinocket personifies the American values of ingenuity and community.”

Snowe says the decision honors Maine as the USS Stephen W. Groves is retired. Groves, from East Millinocket, died in the Battle of Midway in World War II.

Congressman Mike Michaud says Maine has a long, proud history of shipbuilding that deserves to be recognized and honored by the naming of the Navy’s vessels.

The ship is tentatively scheduled to be christened in January.

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