The new USNS Harvey Milk will be christened this Saturday morning.
The USNS Harvey Milk will be christened in San Diego this Saturday, Nov. 6 during a special ceremony that will be livestreamed for the community to view. Later that evening, a community celebration will be held at Rich's San Diego.
The Saturday morning christening ceremony had originally been planned as a large event with dignitaries and elected officials from around the country in attendance but due to COVID-19 concerns, the event has been scaled back to a small a group of local officials with the ceremony being livestreamed.
Following the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell in 2011, Nicole Murray-Ramirez and the International Imperial Court system launched a letter writing campaign in support of the creation of a naval ship to be named after LGBT civil rights icon Harvey Milk, and the campaign was successful.
In a recent Facebook post, Murray-Ramirez wrote that he is "depressed that so many LGBTQ veterans can not be in attendance including members of the Imperial Court chapters."
However, everyone is welcome to Rich's San Diego from 9 pm to 2 am on Saturday, Nov. 6 for the "Voltage In The Navy" party which will celebrate the launch of the USNS Harvey Milk.
The event is being presented by Rich's and the American Veterans for Equal Rights and all veterans and active duty military in attendance will get a special memento of the ship's launch.
There will be a special performance by Vivien Gabor, and DJs K-Swift and Ryan Skyy will provide the music. Door proceeds will benefit the Harvey Milk Foundation.
Rich's is located at 1051 University Ave. in Hillcrest.