CAMP PENDLETON (CNS) - Three San Diego-based warships will deploy for seven months, starting Tuesday.
The USS Boxer, an 844-foot amphibious assault ship, will be followed by Green Bay, an amphibious transport dock, and Comstock, an amphibious dock landing ship, a Camp Pendleton spokesperson said.
The ships are part of Camp Pendleton's 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit.
About 2,200 marines and 1,800 sailors will be aboard the three ships. Their mission will be to provide humanitarian aid, support operations overseas and combat piracy.
A California couple, Jean and Scott Adam, and another couple from Washington state are believed to be held hostage by Somali pirates, who seized the 58-foot sailboat Quest in the Indian Ocean last week.
The 13th MEU, also known as the "Fighting 13", was the first Marine unit to take action in Iraq in 1990, boarding two Iraqi tankers whose crew violated United Nations sanctions.
The Boxer is sixth in its Wasp class and was named for a British ship captured by the United States in the war of 1812.
After a fall-like and mild weekend, temperatures are expected to heat up around San Diego throughout the week.
An early morning vegetation and trash fire at a homeless encampment threatened nearby condos and resulted in at least one injury Sunday.
Detoured traffic is unusually light during the closure of all Mexico-bound car traffic at the busiest U.S. border crossing in San Diego.
The city's search for the next top cop is underway as police chief Shelly Zimmerman prepares to step down in March.
More than 200 surfers paddled out for a daunting day-long challenge Saturday inspired by young men in the community facing a far bigger one.
A semi-truck ran over a fire hydrant Saturday afternoon in Grant Hill causing a huge geyser to spray into the air. Luckily, firefighters were just minutes away at a community event and were able to put a stop to the water quickly.
Employees of an Otay Mesa towing company arrived at work Saturday morning to find the body of a coworker under a vehicle
The Golden State Warriors say they will not go to the White House when they visit Washington early next year, announcing the decision hours after President Donald Trump tweeted he was withdrawing the invitation.
A clinic providing shots to in a bid to contain a deadly hepatitis A outbreak continued Friday inside the community concourse outside San Diego City Hall.