His new ship, a cruiser, is the USS Blenheim. Why? This one just popped into my head and the cruiser seemed to me a bit like a light bomber. The Blenheim was just that in the early days of WWII. Initially I wanted to go with Spitfire but that seemed more like an Escort name.
I got Blenheim via the random name generator (assigned to a T3 escort, ironically enough). The plane was named for the Duke of Marlborough's (John Churchill, an ancestor of Winston Churchill) victory during the War of the Spanish Succession in 1704.
Dang it! That's the second name, then, that's also in the random generator. I had Atlanta (Cicero's from Georgia and Altanta's also a mythological figure) for a while too before I started seeing them everywhere. So much for my cleverness!