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Rep. Loretta Sanchez Statement on USS John P. Murtha Commissioning Ceremony


Date: Oct. 11, 2016
Location: Washington, DC
Issues: Defense

Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (CA-46), senior member of the House Armed Services Committee, released the following statement in recognition of the commissioning ceremony of the USS John P. Murtha.

On Saturday, October 8th family and friends gathered at Penn's Landing to honor Congressman John Murtha's legacy by commissioning the USS John P. Murtha. This U.S. Navy Ship is part of a line of the most advanced warships and will be used primarily to transport and support U.S. Marines.

"Congressman Murtha was Chairman of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, where he worked tirelessly during his Congressional career to ensure our service members were well-equipped and this nation was fully prepared to defend its freedom and values. Congressman Murtha was a friend and colleague I truly respected and it was an honor to work with him."

"As a Marine and a volunteer in the Vietnam War, Congressman Murtha made great sacrifices for the freedom of his country. His service to his country will live on in the USS John P. Murtha as it supports U.S. Marines in the field"

"No one deserves this honor more and I am proud that Congressman Murtha's legacy will be remembered in a nation he dedicated his life to lift up and protect."