Not too sure when we began that trend, but lately we've had quite the run of live Democrat politicians of uncertain and dubious achievement getting the nod. We've had the USS Gabrielle Giffords, a littoral combat ship named after the still living politician. Given the name it should be the first of its class to go to sea without any guns.
Now we have the:
USS Carl M. Lenin.
The Detroit News: Navy plans to name destroyer after ex-Sen. Carl Levin
Sorry, that's USS Carl M. Levin, but you can understand the confusion based on his lifetime of political leanings.
It's not reported if this Arleigh Burke class destroyer named after Levin will be modified to set sail without any guns given Senator Levin's continual and noted anti-gun stance.
Personally being a traditionalist I'd rather ships of these classes went back to being named after places in the case of the littoral combat ships, or preferably military heroes or even past leaders that actually achieved things rather than some still-living politicians whose honest biographies have yet to be written.