CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. (AP) — Defense Secretary Leon Panetta will tour a Navy vessel off the Southern California coast to show the importance of big deck amphibious assault ships amid looming military cuts.
Panetta is expected to travel to the USS Peleliu after boarding a hovercraft Friday morning along the coast at the Marine Corps' Camp Pendleton base, north of San Diego.
The Pentagon says the Defense Department is committed to ships like the Peleliu that came under debate when former Defense Secretary Robert Gates questioned whether amphibious skills are becoming outdated with today's enemy anti-ship technology.
The Pentagon says the ships give commanders flexibility by helping to move Marines and supplies ashore.
Marines have been trying to return to their amphibious roots after spending a decade fighting landlocked wars.
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Cooler weekend for the County due to a low pressure trough moving through the Great Basin. Weak and shallow marine layer may still be slow to clear.
A stretch of road in National City was shut down briefly after a large crowd took to the streets to celebrate the Mexico national soccer team's 2-1 victory over South Korea today in the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Hundreds of statewide faith leaders will march Saturday afternoon to the Otay Mesa Detention Center, where they will protest immigration policies that separated more than 2,300 children from their parents.
The San Diego Humane Society today urged residents to volunteer their homes as foster spaces for the influx of animals typically lost after Fourth of July.
A man was critically injured Friday night when he chased a ball into the street and was hit by a car.
Clayton Richard pitched three-hit ball over six innings for his fourth consecutive win and the San Diego Padres beat the San Francisco Giants 6-2 on Friday night.
A powerful show of support for migrants being held in detention facilities has hundreds of interfaith leaders gathered Friday night for a vigil and demonstration at the border.
As the number of migrants in custody continues to grow, the Navy is making plans to house thousands of them in temporary shelters at military bases.
A man suspected of threatening deadly violence while robbing three San Diego-area banks over the last two weeks was indicted by a grand jury Friday on a slate of federal charges.