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US Navy plans to name a ship after slain gay rights icon Harvey Milk

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The U.S. Navy is planning to name a new oiler ship after gay rights activist Harvey Milk.  

The Navy sent a congressional notification, signed by Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, about the ship name earlier this month, CNN confirmed. 

The Navy will not offer additional details about the ship until the official naming announcement.

Mabus said that the John Lewis-class ships -- named after civil rights activist Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) -- would all be named after prominent civil rights leaders.

Other ships in the class have been named for former Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren whose court ruled to desegregate U.S. schools, former Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, women's right activist Lucy Stone and abolitionist and women's rights activist Sojourner Truth.

Milk joined the Navy during the Korean War. He served as a diving officer aboard the USS Kittiwake submarine. 

He later became the first openly gay person to be elected to public office in California when he won a seat on the San Francisco board of supervisors. He was killed in office in 1978. 

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