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Washington — The Navy is naming a destroyer warship after former U.S. Sen. Carl Levin.

The Navy is planning to hold a naming ceremony to honor the long-term Democratic Detroit lawmaker on Monday at the General Motors Renaissance Center on the Detroit riverfront.

The ship that will be named after Levin, known currently just as DDG-120, is part of the Navy’s Arleigh Burke class of vessels. Ships in the Arleigh Burke class are typically about 500 feet long and they usually move at a speed of about 31 knots, or 35 miles, per hour.

“This is a truly wonderful honor and my family and I am very much looking forward to being with Secretary Mabus next week,” Levin said in a Tuesday email.

Levin is a former chairman of the Senate Arms Service Committee. He served in the Senate from 1979 to 2014 but decided in March 2013 not to seek re-election at a time when political winds turned out to heavily favor Republicans. He was replaced by Sen. Gary Peters, D-Bloomfield Township.

Levin is serving as senior counsel at Detroit law firm Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP. He is also chairman of the Levin Center at Wayne State University’s Law School.

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