CHANTILLY, VA - APRIL 19: Former Astronaut and former U.S. Senator John Glenn (D-OH), walks past the Space Shuttle Discovery during an event at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center April 19, 2012 in Chantilly, Virginia. The space shuttle Discovery is the he oldest and most traveled vehicle from NASA's space shuttle program, replaced the Interprise at the museum. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
The military is ready to christen a ship named for astronaut and former U.S. Sen. John Glenn of Ohio.
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SAN DIEGO (AP) -- The military is ready to christen a ship named for astronaut and former U.S. Sen. John Glenn of Ohio. The Department of Defense said Glenn's daughter, Lyn Glenn, would serve as the sponsor of the ship being christened Saturday in San Diego. It is described as a Mobile Landing Platform and will be designated as a United States Naval Ship. A statement from Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus calls the christening of the future USNS John Glenn "a fitting tribute" to the man who in 1962 became the first American to orbit the Earth. The statement notes Glenn's military ties. It says he enlisted in the Naval Reserve as a college student in 1942 and later became a naval aviator while he was a Marine.