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.
A 16-year-old boy was allegedly drunk when he crashed his car into a stopped vehicle, pinning a motorist between two bumpers, police said Sunday.
San Diego and other areas of Southern California may get significant rain this week, according to the National Weather Service.
Two people were killed in head-on crash, as the driver of a stolen car sped away from deputies and veered into oncoming traffic near Pauma Valley Sunday.
A man was shot and killed by police at an officer- involved shooting in Escondido, a sheriff's lieutenant said Sunday.
A 27-year-old man suffered fatal injuries as the result of a "punching game'' inside of a bar Saturday morning in the Gaslamp
neighborhood of San Diego.
A large plume of smoke filled the sky in Miramar on Saturday morning after a concrete supply building went up in flames.
SANDAG began removing call boxes along urban highways throughout the San Diego region this month and will continue to do so through June, reflecting a decrease in call volume due to the increase in cell phone ownership.
Authorities today announced that police have arrested a suspect in connection with Friday's sexual assault on the campus of San Diego Mesa College. The name of the suspect was not immediately released.
Police Chief David Nisleit Friday strongly disavowed what he described as an unofficial, "never authorized" departmental program that rewarded officers for making narcotics arrests.