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    Supreme Court Justice Kagan Will Help Christen Navy Fuel Ship in San Diego

    Supreme Court Justice Kagan Will Help Christen Navy Fuel Ship in San Diego

    U.S. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan will visit the General Dynamics-NASSCO shipyard in   on Saturday to participate in the christening of a Navy fuel ship that bears the name of former California governor and Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren.

    The Navy is honoring Warren largely for his contributions to civil rights, which include getting the court to unanimously decide in 1954 that state-sanctioned racial segregation in public schools was unconstitutional.

    Kagan was chosen by the Navy to be the so-called sponsor of the USNS Earl Warren, which means she plays a key ceremonial role in the various stages of the vessel's development.

    As sponsor, she will carry out the tradition of smashing a bottle of bubbly against the ship, a gesture that is meant to bring the vessel and its crew good luck.

    The ceremony, which is not open to the public, will also be attended by Navy Secretary Carlos Del Toro, a sign of how much the Navy values fuel ships like the Earl Warren.

    The vessels, which are operated by the Sealift Command, roam the world's oceans providing Navy ships with fuel and supplies. The Earl Warren is the third ship in the John Lewis-class fleet of oilers. The vessels are 746 feet long and can carry 156,000 barrels of oil. NASSCO is contracted to build at least eight of the ships, all of which are named after civil rights and human rights figures.

    The company has…

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