WASHINGTON — Kuwaiti tankers reflagged under American colors will also get new names, officials said Tuesday, with maritime monikers including Surf City, Ocean City and Sea Isle City--all borrowed from resort towns in New Jersey.
The plan to rechristen the Persian Gulf ships prompted one Garden State congressman, Democrat William J. Hughes, to tell colleagues, "All of a sudden, the Kuwaiti fleet reads like a road map of southern New Jersey."
The Reagan Administration has proposed reflagging 11 oil tankers to protect them from attack in the Iran-Iraq War. The policy has drawn sharp congressional criticism.
Under the plan, four of the reflagged tankers will get New Jersey names, according to a House report. They'll shift from Arabic names like Al Rekkah and Casbah to Surf City, Ocean City, Sea Isle City and Bridgeton.