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