SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Sailors aboard the San Diego-based aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson celebrated the vessel's 30th year of service Tuesday.
The ship is on its 12th deployment since it was commissioned on March 13, 1982, as the third Nimitz-class aircraft carrier.
"When you look at the amount of time Carl Vinson has spent at sea over the last 30 years, it's a tribute to the dedication of every sailor who's served aboard her," said Command Master Chief Jeffrey Pickering. "Prolonged success for a ship always equals one thing -- and that's exceptional maintenance practices."
The vessel was involved in two noteworthy events last year, receiving the body of Osama bin Laden and disposing of it at sea, and hosting the first college basketball game on a ship, the Carrier Classic, in which North Carolina beat Michigan State.
Other notable events in the Carl Vinson's history:
-- in 1986, it became the first modern aircraft carrier to conduct operations in the Bering Sea;
-- in 2001, it launched the first air strikes in Operation Enduring Freedom in response to the 9/11 attacks; and
-- in 2010, it diverted to Haiti to provide humanitarian assistance after a devastating earthquake.
The Vinson's latest deployment began on Nov. 30. It began launching flight operations in the Middle East in mid-January, according to the Navy.
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.