SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Marines and sailors aboard three U.S Navy warships will return to the San Diego area Friday following a seven-month deployment to the Western Pacific and Middle East.
Sailors aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville and guided-missile destroyer USS Preble will return to Naval Station San Diego while sailors and Marines from the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan arrive at Naval Air Station North Island in Coronado Friday morning.
The ships, which departed Feb. 2, were the first to reach the Japanese coast in March when a magnitude 9.0 earthquake followed by a tsunami struck Honshu. They provided disaster relief efforts for several weeks.
The Ronald Reagan passed through a cloud of radiation from a damaged nuclear reactor but no American service member was contaminated.
"Every sailor and Marine on board should feel a great sense of pride and satisfaction," said Capt. Thom Burke, the Ronald Reagan's skipper. "They worked long hours, in tough conditions and I couldn't be happier to be bringing everyone home safely."
During the 219-day deployment, the ships conducted maritime and theater security operations and visited ports in Japan, Thailand, Bahrain, Hong Kong, Guam and Hawaii.
Several dogs are in the custody of San Diego County, after a Lomita woman reported that her six dogs were attacked and some killed by a group of pit bulls.
Thousands of people marched through downtown San Diego and San Marcos in the second annual Women's March Saturday. The San Diego event began at 10 a.m. at the downtown Waterfront Park on Pacific Highway, while the North County event began at 11 a.m. at Palomar College.
Thousands of people marched through downtown San Diego and San Marcos in the second annual Women's March Saturday. The San Diego event began at 10 a.m. at the downtown Waterfront Park on Pacific Highway, while the North County event began at 11 a.m. at Palomar College. The two marches were held in conjunction with other marches across the country.
The federal government shut down at the stroke of midnight Friday, which prompted the closure of many federal operations, such as national parks and monuments and that included the shutdown of Cabrillo National Monument.
Chilly temperatures and scattered showers started the weekend. Temperatures at the coast and inland communities hovered around 60 degrees with some areas of San Diego County receiving rain during the morning hours.
A transient accused of fatally stabbing a man after they got into an argument near a 7-Eleven store in Poway pleaded not guilty Friday to a murder charge.
Coastal rail closures could complicate the commute for the thousands of people expected at Women's Marches set for downtown San Diego and San Marcos Saturday, though additional transit options are being made available.
A man arrested in the doctor's lounge at Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa after claiming to be an anesthesiologist pleaded not guilty Friday to a felony charge of treating the sick without a certificate.
People who bought new homes in Otay Ranch's Village of Escaya can start moving in Friday - later than planned but after the developer took steps to address methane found at the site.
Recent assaults by tactical teams on prototypes of President Donald Trump’s proposed wall with Mexico found their imposing heights should stop border crossers, The Associated Press has learned, a finding that’s likely to please security hawks but raise concerns about costs and environmental damage.