NORFOLK, Va. – The United States Navy is set to name its newest guided missile destroyer after the victims of the 2011 Bowling Green Massacre in Bowling Green, Kentucky, the worst – and arguably the most under-reported – terrorist attack on American soil since September 11, 2001, a spokesperson for the Department of Defense announced on Sunday.
The USS Kellyanne Conway, a Zumwalt-class guided missile destroyer, is the latest addition to the U.S. Fifth Fleet and will play an important role in assisting coalition forces operating in the Persian Gulf. “Sailors aboard the USS Kellyanne Conway will utilize state-of-the-art technology to provide real-time intelligence as part of an ongoing effort to identify and avoid refugee boats in the region,” explained Admiral James Norrington.
The threat posed by refugees to U.S. forces has increased dramatically in recent weeks after a waterlogged craft carrying several dozen Iraqi refugees attempted to make contact with a U.S. naval vessel approximately ninety miles off the coast of Bahrain last month. “To the untrained eye, the craft’s occupants may have appeared to resemble malnourished children,” explained Admiral Norrington. “But in reality, these were battle hardened Islamic terrorists.”
The Pentagon anticipates that the USS Kellyanne Conway’s deployment to the Persian Gulf will help to further circumvent attempts by Islamic extremists – who often pose as refugees seeking asylum or humanitarian aid – from carrying out attacks against the United States and its allies. “Our mission is to stop these boats before they have any idea they’re in the vicinity of our forces,” said the ship’s commanding officer, Rear Admiral William Adama.
The USS Kellyanne Conway and its crew of 175 sailors will embark on its maiden voyage to the Persian Gulf following a christening ceremony at Naval Station Norfolk in Virginia next month.