U.S. Navy Vice Adm. Stanhope Cotton Ring, son of retired Navy Cmdr. James Andrew Ring, was born in Portsmouth, Virginia, in October 1902. Ring graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy with the Class of 1923. In 1926, he earned his wings and was designated Naval Aviator #3342.
After joining Fighting Squadron 5 (VF-5), he served as an Aide to the Chief of the Bureau of Aeronautics, and then as a White House Naval Aide. In September 1932, he married the former Eleanor Reynolds of Coronado. They had three children, all born in Coronado. Ring commanded Fighting Squadron 3 (VF-3) and was head of the Administration Division of the Bureau of Aeronautics.
Stanhope Cotton Ring served as the Assistant Naval Attaché (Air) in London, sailing onboard HMS Ark Royal and observing how the British used radar to conduct aerial operations against the Germans and Italians. For his assistance to the British in this role, Ring was made an Honorary Commander of the British Empire.
As Commander, Air Group 8 onboard USS Hornet (CV-8), he was awarded the Navy Cross for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service during the Battle of Midway. Later, as Deputy Chief of Staff for Commander of U.S. Air Forces Solomon Islands, he was awarded a Navy Commendation for his role in planning the daring air attack that killed Japanese Admiral Yamamoto over Bougainville.
In 1943, he was assigned as Director of Aviation Training and was credited with increasing the capacity and effectiveness of the naval aviation training programs. He commanded three carriers, including the USS Saratoga (CV-3) and USS Boxer (CV-21), as well as Carrier Division 1. Overseas tours included command of the Naval Operating Base, Kwajalein, Acting Military Governor of the Marshall Islands, and Deputy Chief of Staff to Commander in Chief, Allied Forces, Southern Europe in Naples, Italy.
He made Coronado his permanent home when he retired from the Navy in November 1955 and passed away in June 1963. His widow, Eleanor, became the ship’s sponsor for the USS Coronado (AGF-11) and christened it in1966. His daughter, Susan Ring Keith, became the ship’s sponsor and christened the USS Coronado (LCS-4) in 2014.