USS Cesar E. Chavez?

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Monday, May 16, 2011  |  Updated 9:28 AM PDT
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The family of Cesar Chavez will be in San Diego Tuesday to welcome the U.S. Navy's newest vessel they say will be named for the labor rights leader.

Via a text message, the family tells NBCBayArea they will fly from the Bay Area to San Diego for the dedication ceremony.

The U.S. Secretary of the Navy's office said there is a new vessel dedication ceremony scheduled for Tuesday afternoon at the NASSCO shipyard south of San Diego but did not have any other details.

The vessel will be USNS Cesar Chavez and will be assigned to the Military Sealift Command (MCS) according to a U.S. Navy spokesperson.

The labor and civil rights leader who began his organizing campaign in San Jose was also a Navy veteran who served after World War II.

He founded the United Farm Workers of American in the 60’s. Chavez died in 1993, and in March of this year, the U.S. Park Service named his compound in Delano, California, (known as 40 Acres), a U.S. Historic Landmark.

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