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Mayor Faulconer joins construction kick-off to USNS Harvey Milk in San Diego

Mayor Faulconer joins construction kick-off to USNS Harvey Milk in San Diego.

Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer will join State Senate President pro Tempore Toni Atkins, General Dynamics NASSCO officials and local leaders today to celebrate the start of construction for the future USNS Harvey Milk T-AO 206 fleet oiler for the U.S. Navy – the second of six vessels in the John Lewis class named in honor of American civil rights leaders.

Serving as an important supply lifeline for the U.S. Navy, fleet oilers carry out missions in the Western Pacific, Indian Ocean and beyond. General Dynamics NASSCO designed the vessels to be completed with double hulls in order to protect against potential oil spills as well as strengthened cargo and ballast tanks.

The new class of ships in the John Lewis class are named in honor of American civil rights leaders such as Milk, the first openly gay elected official in California.