SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The departure of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson from San Diego Wednesday was delayed by thick fog and a mechanical problem.
The combination of issues was expected to keep the Vinson from leaving on its deployment to the western Pacific Ocean and Middle East until Wednesday afternoon.
The Carl Vinson was the ship from which the remains of Osama bin Laden were buried at sea in May. The vessel returned to its home port in June but its crew was warned to be prepared to ship out again before the end of the year.
While in port, it hosted a first of its kind college basketball game on its flight deck.
Aircraft, pilots and crew of Carrier Air Wing 17 will accompany the carrier on deployment.
Despite the weather conditions, the guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill, which will accompany the Vinson, got under way, said David Hostetler, a Naval Surface Forces public affairs officer.
He said the vessel backed out, turned into the bay and was immediately shrouded by fog.
"It looked like the cloaking device from Star Trek," Hostetler said.
The guided-missile cruiser USS Halsey was also scheduled to leave Wednesday afternoon.
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