To require the Secretary of the Treasury to mint coins in commemoration of the legacy of the U.S.S. Cruiser Olympia.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the ``U.S.S. Cruiser Olympia Commemorative Coin Act''.
SEC. 2. FINDINGS.
The Congress finds the following: (1) The U.S.S. Cruiser Olympia is the world's oldest steel war ship afloat. She is the sole surviving United States naval ship of the Spanish-American war and revived American Steel Navy. Launched in 1892 and serving with distinction in two wars, the U.S.S. Cruiser Olympia is emblematic of the moment the United States became a global power. (2) The U.S.S. Cruiser Olympia is a National Historic Landmark listed on the National Register of Historic Places (1964), a National Historic Engineering Landmark (1977), a National Historic Maritime Landmark (1988), and was awarded ``Official Project'' status of Save America's Treasures program (1999). (3) The U.S.S. Cruiser Olympia was the flagship of the Asiatic Squadron and is the only vessel from the Spanish- American War still in existence. Commissioned on February 5, 1895, she visited ports in China, Japan, Hong Kong, and the Philippines. (4) When war was declared on April 25, 1898, between the United States and Spain, Commodore George Dewey made the U.S.S. Cruiser Olympia his flagship under the command of Captain Gridley and entered Manila Bay on the morning of May 1, 1898, to confront...