SAN DIEGO ( — The U.S. Navy is set to name a ship after former Navy diver and gay rights activist Harvey Milk.

According to the US Naval Institute news report, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus indicated he intends to name a Military Sealift Command fleet oiler the USNS Harvey Milk.

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Milk served as a diving officer in San Diego during the Korean War on the submarine rescue ship Kittiwake.

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After his military service, Milk was elected to the San Francisco board of supervisors and became the first openly gay California politician elected to office.

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The campaign was headed by San Diego congressman Bob Filner.