It could be anchors aweigh for a new name for the Department of the Navy.
The House voted Tuesday to rename the Department of the Navy and call it the Department of the Navy and Marine Corps.
After all, supporters of the measure point out that in Marines’ Hymn, the lyrics indicate that Marines “fight our country’s battles in the air, on land and sea.”
Which is where the Department of the Navy comes in.
Rep. Walter Jones, R-N.C., is one of the main authors of the proposed change. He represents Camp Lejeune, a key Marine base situated along the North Carolina shoreline. The Marines have long been tucked inside the Department of the Navy. But Jones says this change just recognizes the Marines on an equal footing with the Navy.
The House has approved similar bills for the past eight years. But it’s never made it through the Senate.