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BREAKING: US Navy to Name Ship After LGBT 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 memo obtained by USNI News.

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 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.

Mabus has also named ships in the past for other civil rights icons, including the Lewis and Clark-class dry cargo ships USNS Medgar Evers (T-AKE-13) and USNS Cesar Chavez (T-AKE-14).

Milk came from a Navy family and commissioned in the service in 1951. He served as a diving officer in San Diego during the Korean War on the submarine rescue ship Kittiwake until 1955. Milk was honorably discharged from the service as a lieutenant junior grade.

Following his service, Milk was elected to the San Francisco board of supervisors and was the first openly gay California politician to be elected to office. He was killed in office in 1978. When Milk was shot he was wearing his U.S. Navy diver’s belt buckle.

Over the last several years, there have been pushes from California politicians to have a ship named for Milk since the 2011 repeal of the Department of Defense’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” policy.

Naming a ship after Milk, “will further send a green light to all the brave men and women who serve our nation that honesty, acceptance and authenticity are held up among the highest ideals of our military,” said Milk’s nephew Stuart Milk in a statement to San Diego LGBT Weekly in 2012.

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Navy oiler to be named after gay rights activist Harvey Milk
The Navy is set to name a ship for a pioneering gay rights leader who had served as a Navy diver.

“Pioneering gay rights activist and former Navy diver Harvey Milk is set to have a fleet oiler named after him, according to a leaked Congressional notification.Navy Secretary Ray Mabus sent a letter to Capitol Hill on July 14, according to a report by USNI News, to inform lawmakers know that he intends to name a Military Sealift Command ship after the politician, who became the first openly gay person to hold public office in California in 1978.Mabus’ office declined to comment on the issue until an official ship-naming release is sent out, spokesman Lt. Eric Durie told Navy Times.Milk, the son of two Navy veterans, served as a diving officer aboard the submarine rescue ship Kittiwake during World War II, then served as a diving instructor at Naval Base San Diego before his honorable discharge as a lieutenant junior grade in 1955.

A prominent member of San Francisco’s LGBT community during the 1970s, Milk was elected to represent the 5th district on the San Francisco board of supervisors, taking office in early 1978. In November that year, he was shot and killed along with San Francisco Mayor George Moscone by fellow supervisor Dan White. His life and death were dramatized in the 2008 movie, “Milk.”

The campaign to get a ship named after him was spearheaded by a San Diego-area congressman, Rep. Bob Filner, D-Calif., who sent a letter to Mabus and then-Defense Secretary Leon Panetta urging them to name a submarine, aircraft carrier or other vessel after Milk.

In January, Mabus announced the next-generation class of fleet replenishment oilers would be named for civil rights leaders. The first ship in the class was named for John Lewis, a Georgia Democratic congressman who was a civil rights organizer alongside Martin Luther King Jr. The Milk would be the second ship in the class.”

African American Woman Who Was Navy Veteran Killed By Police Last September: Media Are Silent

India Kager was shot dead by police while she was sitting on the front seat next to her boyfriend Angelo Perry. Police officers were after Perry. 30 rounds were shot into the car. India Kager who was U.S. Navy veteran and a mother of two died on the scene. One of her babies was in the car and fortunately wasn’t hurt. India Kager was killed by police 100 days ago - media keep silence on the investigation of her death.

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Making History in the Sky with Capt. Katie Higgins

#MyStory is a series that spotlights inspiring women in the Instagram community. Join the conversation by sharing your own story. To see what life is like for the Blue Angels, follow @gearupflapsup on Instagram.

“#MyStory illustrates how a desire to serve one’s country can inspire someone to reach beyond their own preconceived notions about themselves.” —US Marine Corps Capt. Katie Higgins (@gearupflapsup), a 29-year-old third-generation military aviator and the first female Blue Angels pilot

“Being a female student at the US Naval Academy was the first time I was a minority simply because of my gender. When I was there, it was around 20 percent women. I learned a lot of valuable lessons on leadership, teamwork, perseverance and hard work. Most importantly, however, I learned the significance of pulling your own weight and earning respect versus demanding it. I always say the same thing to women who want to pursue any career let alone a nontraditional one: ‘Calm seas don’t make a skilled sailor.’ It’s not the easy times in your life that make you who you are. It’s the hard times, the obstacles, the rough seas that shape you as a person. My time in Afghanistan is the part of my life that I am the most proud of. I became a Marine to support those troops on the ground in every way possible. In Afghanistan, I felt like I was doing that every single day.”