Navy to Name Ship After Gay Rights Activist Harvey Milk


FILE - In a Nov. 9, 1977 file photo, Harvey Milk poses in front of his camera shop in San Francisco. A charter amendment sponsored by city Supervisor David Campos on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013 planned to introduce legislation asking voters to rename the city's airport after slain gay rights leader Harvey Milk. The amendment would put the question of creating Harvey Milk-San Francisco International Airport on San Francisco's November ballot. Milk became one of the first openly gay men elected to public office in the United States when he won a seat on the board of supervisors in 1977. He was assassinated at City Hall, along with Mayor George Moscone, more than a year later. (AP Photo, File)

The Navy is set to name a ship after the gay rights icon and San Francisco politician Harvey Milk, according to a Congressional notification obtained by USNI News.

The July 14, 2016 notification, signed by Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, indicated he intended to name a planned Military Sealift Command fleet oiler USNS Harvey Milk (T-AO-206). The ship would be the second of the John Lewis-class oilers being built by General Dynamics NASSCO in San Diego, Calif.

The Secretary of the Navy’s office is deferring releasing additional information until the naming announcement, a Navy official told USNI News on Thursday.

Mabus has said the John Lewis-class – named after civil rights activist and congressman Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) – would be named after civil rights leaders.

Other names in the class include former Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren whose court ruled to desegregate U.S. schools, former Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, women’s right activist Lucy Stone and abolitionist and women’s rights activist Sojourner Truth.

One comment on “Navy to Name Ship After Gay Rights Activist Harvey Milk
  1. John Paul Jones will be rolling over in his grave. The US Navy has gone queer. But I guess you cannot expect anything else when SECNAV and SEC DEF are limp wristed. God help us when we get into another real war when we need real men. Add this B.S to women in the infantry and it adds up to the social deterioration of the Armed Forces. Pray for peace because we will lose in a real war!

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