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PO1 William "Chip" Nagel
..."Atkinson’s wife, Joann Atkinson, as well as his two daughters, Michele Gunyah and Maria Hayward, will serve as the ship’s sponsors.

“There exists a long-held Tsimshian tradition, ‘akadi lip a’algyaga sm’ooygit,’ loosely translated ‘a chief never speaks for himself’. Through all of his time as a U.S. Navy UDT and SEAL, as well as a leader of veterans and Native Alaskans, Sol lived this ethos. And, here today, in the shadow of Sol’s death, he holds to it still,” Hayward said in the release.

Future USNS Solomon Atkinson is being built by Austal USA. The shipbuilding company is under contract for five Navajo-class Towing, Salvage and Rescue ships. Solomon Atkinson and USNS Billy Frank Jr. are currently under construction."
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