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Source: US Marines (video statements)

On the Marine Corps’ 245th birthday, Secretary of the Navy Kenneth J. Braithwaite announced in his birthday message that a future U.S. Navy expeditionary sea base class ship will honor Medal of Honor recipient Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. (Retired) John L. Canley.

Canley was awarded the nation’s highest honor 50 years after his actions serving as company gunnery sergeant, Company A, First Battalion, First Marines, First Marine Division in the Republic of Vietnam from January 31 to February 6, 1968, during the Battle of Hue City.

The ESB ship class is highly flexible that may be used across a broad range of military operations supporting multiple operational phases, similar to the expeditionary transfer dock class. Acting as a mobile sea base, they are part of the critical access infrastructure that supports the deployment of forces and supplies to provide prepositioned equipment and sustainment with flexible distribution. (U.S. Navy video courtesy of the Office of the Secretary of the Navy)