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US Navy intends to name ship after Harvey Milk

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The Navy has sent congressional notification that it intends to name a new oiler ship Harvey Milk, a US Navy official confirmed Friday to CNN.

The Navy is declining to comment further until the official naming announcement.

Harvey Milk was a San Francisco politician and gay rights activist.

Milk came from a Navy family and commissioned in the service in 1951.

He was a diving officer in San Diego during the Korean War on the submarine rescue ship Kittiwake until 1955.

Milk was honorably discharged as a lieutenant junior grade.

Following his military 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 while still in office in 1978. When Milk was shot he was wearing his U.S. Navy diver’s belt buckle.