General Dynamics NASSCO Delivers Future USNS Harvey Milk

U.S. Navy and NASSCO personnel participate in a July 11 delivery ceremony for the future USNS oiler Harvey Milk. Photo: General Dynamics NASSCO.

San Diego-based General Dynamics NASSCO has delivered the future USNS Harvey Milk, the second vessel for the U.S. Navy fleet of John Lewis-class oilers, the company announced July 11.

Capable of carrying 157,000 barrels of oil, the 742-foot-long oiler was created to move fuel to naval carrier strike group vessels at sea. It also has a large capacity for dry cargo and aviation capability.

This vessel is part of an initial six-ship naval contract NASSCO secured in 2016. The first vessel, the future USNS John Lewis, was delivered in 2022. The company is currently building the future U.S. Navy ships Harvey Milk, Earl Warren, Robert F. Kennedy, Lucy Stone and Sojourner Truth.

On May 23, the company announced that its naval contract expanded to include the construction of a ninth vessel in the fleet oiler program. The $736 million contract modification brought the total contract value to about $5.5 billion.

By Karen Robes Meeks