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.
In San Diego, the "Great American Eclipse" will have maximum visibility at 10:23 a.m. Monday, August 21. Southern California residents will have about 60 percent darkness at that time.
With just a week to go, many people across the U.S. are buzzing about the "Great American Eclipse."
Hundreds of people rallying against illegal immigration and counter-protesters opposing their stance were squaring off today along the shore at Broadway and Pacific Coast Highway in Laguna Beach.
The San Diego LGBT Community Center and other social justice groups held a rally against hate in response to the Alt-Right rallies held across the country in recent days.
A whale watching boat spotted a whale four miles off the coast of Point Loma entangled in fishing line.
A man was seriously injured when he was struck by a hit-and-run motorist in the Mira Mesa community of San Diego, a police officer said Sunday.
Temperatures are expected to be about average over the next week throughout San Diego County with the warmest temperatures in that period expected over the weekend.
San Diego Gas & Electric officials said they expect to lose about 500 megawatts of solar energy production during tomorrow's solar eclipse, but they expect to have enough power on hand to meet demand.
Jerry Lewis, the manic, rubber-faced showman who jumped and hollered to fame in a lucrative partnership with Dean Martin, settled down to become a self-conscious screen auteur and found an even greater following as the tireless, teary host of the annual muscular dystrophy telethons, has died. He was 91.