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California Briefing / SAN DIEGO

Navy ship named for black diver

September 17, 2008|Tony Perry

The Navy today will dedicate its newest ship in honor of Carl Brashear, the Navy's first African American master diver. Brashear's story inspired the 2000 movie "Men of Honor," which starred Cuba Gooding Jr. and Robert De Niro.

The cargo ship, built to carry 10,000 tons of food, ammunition, fuel and other supplies, will be christened and launched at the General Dynamics NASSCO shipyard. Brashear, who died in 2006 at age 75, served 42 years in the Navy and as a civilian federal employee.

-- Tony Perry

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