- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 24, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk wants the Navy to name a ship after Quincy, Illinois.

Kirk’s office said in a news release Tuesday that he sent a letter to Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus requesting the designation for its next frigate. Kirk says in the letter that the Navy doesn’t have a USS Quincy in its inventory, and three previous ships with that name were meant to honor Quincy, Massachusetts.

According to Kirk’s office, this year marks the 175th anniversary of the Illinois city’s incorporation. Kirk says naming a warship after the city would honor the service and support the community gives to the Navy.

Kirk’s office says the city had a Navy Reserve Training Center from the late 1940s until was destroyed in flooding in 1973.

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