Photo: US Navy portrait of then Ens. Harvey Milk.
USNI News: Navy to Name Ship After Gay Rights Activist Harvey Milk
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.
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WNU Editor: Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus insists that politics is not involved in deciding what name to choose for a ship .... Are Politics Involved In The Naming Of U.S. Navy Ships? (May 21, 2016). Who does he think he is fooling .... if his track record is any indication .... politics is overwhelmingly involved in the naming of ships under this Navy Secretary.