Navy vessel named after gay rights activist Harvey Milk to be built in San Diego

SAN FRANCISCO (KUSI) — Navy Secretary Ray Mabus is expected to announce the naming of a Military Sealift Command oiler after gay rights activist Harvey Milk in San Francisco Tuesday.

Milk, a Navy diving instructor in San Diego, went on to become the first openly gay public official in California in 1977 when he was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. Milk and then-San Francisco Mayor George Moscone were murdered by a fellow city official the following year.

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer and LGBT community leader Nicole Murray-Ramirez were also scheduled to attend the event, which is slated to take place on Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay.

Murray-Ramirez launched a national letter-writing campaign to Secretary Mabus asking for a vessel to be named after the icon. The ship will be built and dedicated in San Diego after its official naming ceremony in San Francisco. 

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