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New U.S. Navy destroyer named for retired Senator, not Fallen Five

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In March, U.S. Senators Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker, as well as U.S. Representatives Chuck Fleischmann and Tom Graves, asked the Secretary of the U.S. Navy, Ray Mabus, to name a U.S. Navy vessel the U.S.S. Chattanooga to honor the Fallen Five servicemen killed in the July 16 attack.

Thursday, their effort was officially acknowledged as stalled.

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, visiting Chattanooga Thursday said “I thought it was a terrific idea to honor those servicemen who were killed last summer. I loved the idea and I am disappointed. I know Congressman Fleischmann, Senator Corker and others worked hard to do that. I’m hoping they won’t give up and that honor will come.”

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Earlier this month U.S. Navy officials went to Michigan to officially announce that former U.S. Sen. Carl Levin will have a destroyer named after him.

The Navy held a naming ceremony Monday along the Detroit riverfront at the General Motors Renaissance Center. It was attended by Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, who called Levin "an American hero."

The destroyer is part of the Arleigh Burke class and will be built at Bath Iron Works in Maine. It's expected to enter the fleet in 2020.

Levin says it was an unexpected honor.

Levin also served as chair of the Senate's Armed Services Committee. He's senior counsel at a Detroit law firm and chair of the Levin Center at Wayne State University's Law School.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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