Wednesday the United States Navy announced they are naming a ship after Civil Rights leader John Lewis.

According to Secretary Ray Mabus’ press release, the ship will be the first of it’s kind and set the precedent for those that will follow:

“As the first of its class, the future USNS John Lewis will play a vital role in the mission of our Navy and Marine Corps while also forging a new path in fleet replenishment… Naming this ship after John Lewis is a fitting tribute to a man who has, from his youth, been at the forefront of progressive social and human rights movements in the U.S., directly shaping both the past and future of our nation.”

The Huffington Post reported the decision to name the ship after Lewis was a way to honor him for leading the “Bloody Sunday” march in 1965.

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At the official ship-naming ceremony on Capitol Hill, it was said that construction of the ship is scheduled to take place in 2018.