Four ships of the United States Navy have been named USS George Washington in honor of an early American General and first President of the United States.
USS George Washington (SSBN-598), the lead ship of her class of ballistic missile submarines, was the second ship of the United States Navy to be named for George Washington, first President of the United States.
USS George Washington (CVN 73) (Callsign: WARFIGHTER) is the sixth ship in the Nimitz class of nuclear-powered supercarriers, and the fourth United States Navy ship to be named after George Washington, first President of the United States. Her contract was awarded on December 27, 1982 and she was built by Newport News Shipbuilding. The keel was laid on 25 August 1986, she was christened July 21, 1990 by then-First Lady Barbara Bush, and was commissioned 4 July 1992.
The USS George Washington, the first U.S. warship named after President George Washington was built as a merchant vessel at Providence, R.I., in 1793; purchased by the Congress at Providence 12 October 1798 from John Brown and John Francis for use in the developing undeclared naval war (the so-called Quasi-War) with France, and converted to a warship under the supervision of Captain Silas Talbot with Captain Patrick Fletcher in command. Ths ship's measurements were tonnage, 624 tons; length, 108 feet; beam, 32 feet 6 inches; depth of hold, 14'; complement, 220; armament, 24 9-pounders; 8 6-pounders.
The second USS George Washington was an ocean liner taken over and used as a transport ship by the United States Navy in World War I and World War II. She was named for George Washington, the first President of the United States.