August 23, 2014
SAN DIEGO (AP) - The Navy has christened a ship in honor of African Americans who served in segregated units in the Marine Corps during World War II.
The Los Angeles Times reports the USNS Montford Point is the Navy's first mobile landing platform ship. It was christened Saturday at the General Dynamics NASSCO shipyard in San Diego.
The name honors the 20,000 African Americans who trained at Camp Montford Point in North Carolina from 1942 to 1949 during an era of segregation within the military. The Times says 30 of the Montford Point Marines attended the christening.
The 785-foot ship provides 25,000 square feet of space for vehicles, equipment and 380,000 gallons of fuel.
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