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After reading this article, I would like to ask if it was ever actually mentioned that it was named after the city of Wellington in New Zealand. I think it could have been easily named after the Duke of Wellington, the famous British Field Marshal that fought during the Napoleonic Wars, unless it being named after the New Zealand city is explicitly mentioned. If, as I suspect, neither is explicitly mentioned, then it should at least state that it could have been named after him. Lord Elessar 267 03:23, 19 July 2006 (UTC)
It's also worth mentioning, in this context, that the city is itself named after the Field Marshall, so even if the ship were named for the city not the man, it's still commemorating him indirectly. I don't know if it was ever mentioned onscreen either way but both are real possibilities (the same goes for the USS Melbourne, I suppose). User:Jim Smith
Likely named after either the capital of New Zealand on Earth or Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington (1 May 1769 – 14 September 1852), the British military hero noted especially for defeating Napoleon Bonaparte at the 1815 Battle of Waterloo. Wellesley later served as Prime Minister (1828 - 1830, 1834) and is the namesake of the New Zealand city.