USNS HARVEY MILK is the second ship in the JOHN LEWIS - class of fleet oilers, previously known as the TAO(X) - class. These ships are built with double hulls to protect against oil spills and strengthened cargo and ballast tanks. They are equipped with a basic self-defense capability, including crew served weapons, degaussing, and Nixie Torpedo decoys, and have space, weight, and power reservations for Close In Weapon Systems such as SeaRAMs, and an Anti-Torpedo Torpedo Defense System.
The ship is named in honor of the late politician and civil and human rights activist, who served in the Navy during the Korean War as a diving officer. After his naval career, Harvey Milk was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1977, becoming the first openly gay elected official in California. Milk was assassinated on November 27, 1978.
|General Characteristics:||Awarded: June 30, 2016|
|Keel laid: September 3, 2020|
|Launched: November 6, 2021|
|Builder: National Steel and Shipbuilding Company, San Diego, Calif.|
|Propulsion system: two Fairbanks-Morse MAN 12V48/60CR diesels|
|Length: 746 feet (227.4 meters)|
|Beam: 106.5 feet (32.4 meters)|
|Draft: 33.5 feet (10.2 meters)|
|Displacement: approx. 49,850 tons full load|
|Speed: 20 knots|
|Capacity: 162,000 barrels of fuel oil or aviation fuel; 55,662 cu ft of dry cargo storage and 40,099 cu ft of refrigerated cargo|
|Refueling stations: five, plus two dry cargo transfer rigs|
|Aircraft: none, but helicopter deck|
|Armament: .50 machine guns|
|Crew: 125 (99 civilian mariners plus US Navy detachment)|
This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USNS HARVEY MILK. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.
USNS HARVEY MILK Image Gallery:
The photos below were taken by Sebastian Thoma and show the HARVEY MILK under construction at the National Steel and Shipbuilding Company, San Diego, Calif., on November 28 and November 29 (aerial photos), 2021.
The photos below were taken by Michael Jenning and show the HARVEY MILK under construction at the National Steel and Shipbuilding Company, San Diego, Calif., on December 28, 2021.
The photos below were taken by Michael Jenning and show the HARVEY MILK under construction at the National Steel and Shipbuilding Company, San Diego, Calif., on May 29, 2022.