USS McCain crew celebrates ‘maverick’ late senator’s 82nd birthday
By STARS AND STRIPES Published: August 29, 2018
YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — The crew of the USS John S. McCain shared a birthday cake Wednesday to commemorate what would have been late Sen. John McCain’s 82nd birthday.
A photo posted to the guided-missile destroyer’s official Facebook page shows a white cake with “Happy Birthday Maverick!” written in blue icing. A message accompanying the image said the crew’s mess has been christened the “Maverick Café” in his honor.
McCain died Saturday after a battle with brain cancer. Last month, the former naval officer was added as a namesake for the ship, which also honors his Navy admiral father and grandfather.
The USS McCain has been undergoing repairs at Yokosuka following a collision last year that killed 10 sailors near Singapore.