It is one of six naval vessels named after American civil rights leaders, like Chief Justice Earl Warren or Robert Kennedy, who were assassinated on August 28, 1968.
Madrid. (European media). The US Navy launched the warship “USNS Harvey Milk” in honor of Harvey Milk, a gay rights activist who was forced from the armed forces during the 1950s due to his sexual orientation.
The official ceremony in San Diego was attended by Carlos del Toro, Secretary of Navy, and Stuart Milk’s nephew. They then began sailing.
“Harvey Milk” is one of six new naval ships, named after Chief Justice Earl Warren and other famous American civil rights activists; Presidential candidate Robert Kennedy who was assassinated in 1968; Lucy · Stone, 19th century feminist; abolitionist Sojourner Truth or anti-racist Congressman John Lewis.
Milk was an officer aboard the Kitivak submarine rescue ship during the Korean War. However, two weeks later, when he was asked about his sexual orientation, his uniform had to be removed in 1955.
Later, he was one of the first gay politicians in America and was elected as a member of San Francisco Board of Supervisors. It is the Californian legislature.
He was killed one year later by Dan White, an ex-member of the supervisory boards with whom he frequently clashed.
At Saturday’s ceremony, Del Toro stressed that it was wrong to force Milk “hide a significant part of his life.” “Sailors such as Lieutenant Milk are forced into the shadows, or worse, to abandon our beloved navy,” he stated.
Some politicians thought it was terrible that a warship would be used to transport milk in 2016, under Barack Obama’s presidency. They believed that Milk didn’t want a naval vessel named after him, as it was publicly against the Vietnam War.