In US Navy history, just four ships have borne the name Kearsarge.
The first, a Civil War sloop, sank the CSS Alabama off the coast of France in 1864.
The next one, a battleship, sailed around the world with Theodore Roosevelt's Great White Fleet.
The third, an aircraft carrier, recovered astronauts from the sea during Project Mercury, the US's first human-spaceflight program.
The current USS Kearsarge, an amphibious assault ship that docked in New York City for Fleet Week, has a lower profile, but it is no less essential to the fleet.
"We have a very special mission as opposed to your other ships of the Navy," Lt. J.G. Christian Sedarski, a deck-division officer on the Kearsarge, told Business Insider. "Sometimes we will conduct firings on the beaches and that kind of thing, but we are strictly landing and bringing back Marines from the beach."