THE PENTAGON – Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus will hold a ceremony in San Francisco next week to officially name the second in a class of new fleet oilers after gay rights advocate Harvey Milk, the service said in a statement to USNI News. Read More
The following is a July 14, 2016 notification to Congress from Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus on proposed names for eight future U.S. Navy ships — including fleet oiler USNS Harvey Milk (T-AO-206) and the first Ohio Replacement ballistic missile submarine USS Columbia (SSNB(X)). Read More
The Navy is set to name a ship after the gay rights icon and San Francisco politician Harvey Milk, according to a Congressional notification obtained by USNI News. Read More
In the late 18th and early 19th centuries, the U.S. Navy had no formal procedure for naming ships. It wasn’t until 1819 that Congress passed an act stating “all of the ships, of the Navy of the United States, now building, or hereafter to be built, shall be named by the Secretary of the Navy.” The secretary has fulfilled this role ever since, even though the passage expressly assigning authority for designating ship names was omitted when the U.S. Code was revised in 1925.
In addition to recommendations from Congress and the president, the secretary traditionally has been guided by a rather loose set of naming conventions—cruisers were to be named for battles, attack submarines for U.S. cities, destroyers for Navy and Marine heroes, and so forth. Controversy has erupted whenever the choice of a name strayed too far from those conventions, was seemingly swayed by politics, or deemed inappropriate for various reasons. Read More