Construction of the lead ship of the class, USNS John Lewis, is tentatively scheduled to begin in 2018 at General Dynamics NASSCO in San Diego; according to the Naval Vessel Register, construction of both was authorised on 30 June 2016. It is named for United States Representative and civil rights leader John Lewis.
In July 2016, US Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus advised Congress that he intended to name the Military Sealift Command's John Lewis-class oilers after prominent civil rights leaders, with the second to be named for gay rights activist Harvey Milk. Milk served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War aboard the submarine rescue ship USS Kittiwake and held the rank of Lieutenant (junior grade) at the time of his honorable discharge.
- Henry J. Kaiser-class oiler - predecessor class
- ↑ NAVSEA Shipbuilding Support Office (7 July 2016). "JOHN LEWIS (AO 205)". Naval Vessel Register. http://www.nvr.navy.mil/NVRSHIPS/DETAILS/AO205.HTM. Retrieved 30 July 2016.
- ↑ NAVSEA Shipbuilding Support Office (7 July 2016). "NO NAME (AO 206)". Naval Vessel Register. http://www.nvr.navy.mil/NVRSHIPS/DETAILS/AO206.HTM. Retrieved 30 July 2016.
- ↑ Sam LaGrone (6 January 2016). "SECNAV Mabus Names First T-AO(X) Next Generation Oiler After Rep. John Lewis". US Naval Institute. http://news.usni.org/2016/01/06/secnav-mabus-names-first-t-aox-next-generation-oiler-after-rep-john-lewis. Retrieved 30 July 2016.
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Sam LaGrone (28 July 2016). "Navy to Name Ship After Gay Rights Activist Harvey Milk". US Naval Institute. https://news.usni.org/2016/07/28/navy-name-ship-gay-rights-activist-harvey-milk. Retrieved 30 July 2016.
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