U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Eben Boothby via Wikimedia Commons

The U.S. Navy has now launched a new ship named in honor of radical gay-rights activist Harvey Milk. The ship, named USNS Harvey Milk, was christened by a transgendered veteran before being set to sea.

As The Navy Times reports:


SAN DIEGO (AP) — A Navy ship named for slain gay rights leader Harvey Milk, who served four years in the Navy before being forced out, was christened and launched in San Diego Bay on Saturday.

The replenishment oiler USNS Harvey Milk slid down the shipyard ways after a bottle of champagne was smashed on the bow by former Navy officer Paula M. Neira, clinical program director for the John Hopkins Center for Transgender Health.

Milk’s nephew, Stuart Milk, and Navy Secretary Carlos Del Toro watched the traditional ceremony.

“The secretary of the Navy needed to be here today, not just to amend the wrongs of the past, but to give inspiration to all of our LGBTQ community leaders who served in the Navy, in uniform today and in the civilian workforce as well too, and to tell them that we’re committed to them in the future,” Del Toro said.

Milk was shot and killed while serving as a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1978.




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Beverly Ross
Beverly Ross
9 months ago

An absolute DISGRACE!!!

Bug D
Bug D
9 months ago

Shameful……….I would not want to be a crewmember on that tub.

Susanna Donovan
Susanna Donovan
9 months ago
Reply to  Bug D

I’d resign.

Bug D
Bug D
9 months ago

Don’t bend over to pick up the soap in the shower…….