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FILE - In this July 17, 2015, file photo, an FBI investigator investigates the scene of a shooting outside a military recruiting center in Chattanooga, Tenn. Violent crime rose across in the country in the first six months of 2015 compared to the same period the year before, according to preliminary data released Tuesday,Jan. 19, 2016, by the FBI. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)

WASHINGTON — It took just five months for the Navy to award the Purple Heart to the five servicemen slain in a terrorist attack in Chattanooga last summer.

Getting a Navy ship named in their honor is a bit more complicated and could take a lot longer — possibly years.

Congress members from Tennessee and Georgia formally asked Navy Secretary Ray Mabus last week to name an "appropriate naval vessel" the USS Chattanooga in honor of the five shooting victims.

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