He "bent the institution of the Navy toward justice," said Capt. James Kirk, commanding officer of the Zumwalt.
Warship's namesake, Zumwalt, fought racism, sexism →
"I don't take any offense," he told The Associated Press in an interview. "If it's a helpful moniker that brings attention to help us to do what we need to do to get the ship into the fleet and into combat operations, then that's fine."
Capt. Kirk takes command USS Zumwalt, Navy's new destroyer →