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.
San Diego looked like a top team in Sunday's doubleheader opener, and Philadelphia resembled the out-of-contention club.
A man stole a brand-new luxury car out of a Kearny Mesa dealership's lot and led police on a lengthy chase down San Diego freeways on Sunday.
San Diego Comic-Con is in full swing and so is the superhero-themed fashion! Celebrities like Sarah Paulson, Sonequa Martin-Green and Camila Mendes, among many other stylish ladies, rocked a bevy of leather, nylon and pleather to attend the annual comic book convention.
The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning for San Diego County inland valleys, mountains, and deserts. The warning is valid for Monday morning through Thursday evening
Detectives are investigating the circumstances surrounding a man who died Saturday morning on a sidewalk in Old Town.
A suspected drunk driver was shot by sheriff's deputies after leading them on a pursuit across North County freeways Friday night, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department said.
Fire crews responded to a fully involved building fire in the 7000 block of Amherst Drive in Rolando.