The US Navy are to name a ship after the LGBT rights activist, and San Francisco politician, Harvey Milk, who was assassinated in 1978.
According to a report by USNI News, who had obtained a Congressional notification dated July 14, 2016, the Secretary of the Navy, Ray Mabus, has indicated that he intends to name an upcoming Military Sealift Command fleet oiler USNS Harvey Milk (TAO206).
A Navy spokesman told USNI News yesterday (Thursday 28th) that Mabus is deferring releasing further information until the naming announcement.
Harvey Milk came from a navy family, and had served as a diving officer during the Korean war, on the USS Kittiwake, afterwards transferring to Naval Station, San Diego to train as a diving instructor. In 1955, he was honourably discharged from the Navy having achieved Lieutenant Junior Grade, and was said to have been wearing his Navy diver’s belt buckle when he was shot. He was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009.
Mabus has named other ships after civil rights leaders, including USNS Cesar Chavez.