CORONADO (CNS) - A nuclear-powered aircraft carrier and its air wing will return to San Diego Saturday after a six-month deployment in the Western Pacific and Middle East.
The Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group's helicopter sea combat squadrons will return to Naval Air Station North Island at 7:30 a.m. in advance of the ship.
The Lincoln will arrive at the station's Pier K at 11 a.m., according to the Navy's public affairs office.
The strike group successfully flew more than 8,300 sorties and completed more than 23,500 flying hours, about half of which were in support of U.S. and coalition ground forces in Afghanistan, Navy officials said.
"I could not be more proud of the sailors and officers in my squadron and the rest of the strike group," said Cmdr. Kenneth Strong, commanding officer of one of the helicopter squadrons. "I am humbled to be a member of such a dedicated team. Obviously we are happy to be coming home to our families and friends, and are pleased at having done our duty so well."
Authorities asked the public Friday for help in identifying and tracking down a pair of thieves who have carried out a two-week series of bank robberies this month in the San Diego area.
Backers of an initiative that would allow San Diego State University to buy the SDCCU Stadium site in Mission Valley for campus expansion are scheduled to begin seeking petition signatures Saturday.
An unknown assailant jumped a woman Friday on a walking trail near Gillespie Field airport and choked her nearly into unconsciousness, fleeing when she managed to break free, authorities reported.
The San Diego Gulls allowed power-play and shorthanded goals in the first period and an empty-net goal in the third in a 4-2 loss to the Stockton Heat Friday night at Stockton.
San Diego County's unemployment rate dropped to 4.1 percent last month despite seasonal cutbacks in leisure and hospitality jobs, the state Employment Development Department reported Friday.
The San Diego Fire Rescue Foundation on Friday held an awards ceremony to recognize the men and women who put their lives on the line to keep San Diegans safe.
It has been ten years since devastating wildfires swept through San Diego, destroying thousands of structures and affecting so many lives.
From a baby tiger cub to monitor lizards and a macaw, authorities have seized dozens of animals and filed charges against 16 people as part of what they say is the largest wildlife trafficking sweep in Southern California.
Three officer-involved shootings over the past year, including the killing of a man who opened fire at a pool party at a La Jolla apartment complex, were legally justified, District Attorney Summer Stephan announced Friday.