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You Should Seriously Try to Name the Red Cross's New Rescue Ship

Boaty McBoatface is already taken.
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Does naming a ship make you a good person, an honest humanitarian even? Well, in this case you’d have to be, since only Red Cross Volunteers have a say in what the Philippine Red Cross’s first ambulance and disaster response ship will be called.

Of course, being a volunteer is a noble endeavor, so don’t let the effort of signing up stop you from proposing a worthy name for a ship that will be instrumental in rescuing people after large-scale disasters like Yolanda.


The new PRC ship, which is currently docked in Subic Bay, only needs a maximum of six crew members, and can be used to evacuate one thousand people, as well as bring in much-needed humanitarian aid to inaccessible disaster-struck areas.  

You can join the hunt for the Red Cross Ship’s new name on their Facebook page. But if your creative ship-naming juices are already flowing, feel free to give us your suggestions in our comments section.


The PRC’s criteria are originality, relevance and impact, and the proposed name must be female in form, potentially inspired by a PRC heroine.

You want to know if there’s a prize involved for choosing the winning name? We had assumed you’d do it to support the PRC’s mission, but yes, there’s a special prize and the winner will be invited to the ship’s grand launch.

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