Navy to christen USNS Cesar Chavez
SAN DIEGO (CNS) – The dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Cesar Chavez
will be christened and launched at a ceremony at the General Dynamics NASSCO
shipyard in San Diego on Saturday, the Navy has announced.
The ship is named for the late Mexican-American civil rights activist,
who served in the Navy during World War II and died in 1993. His widow, Helen
Fabela Chavez, will attend Saturday's ceremony, according to a Defense
The Chavez is a T-AKE 14, a type of dry cargo and ammunition ship that
delivers supplies to other Navy ships at sea. The 689-foot vessel is crewed by
civil service mariners.
Prior to his death, Chavez co-founded the National Farm Workers
Association, which later became United Farm Workers.