SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The guided-missile frigate USS Curts is scheduled to be decommissioned in a ceremony Thursday at Naval Base San Diego.
The vessel, dubbed ".38 Special" by its first crew, served in Operation Desert Storm and deployed on anti-smuggling missions. The nickname is derived from its hull number, FFG 38.
"After 29 years of faithful service, .38 Special leaves the fleet the same way she entered, ready to fight," said Cmdr. Fermin Espinoza, the commanding officer. "That readiness to fight is due to the efforts of all the fine sailors that served aboard during Curts' storied history."
In the Persian Gulf War, crew members captured an Iraqi garrison on Qaruh Island, taking 51 Iraqi prisoners. The Curts crew also destroyed mines, sank an Iraqi minelayer and supported combat helicopter operations during the Battle of Bubiyan Island.
While the frigate was based in Japan in the 1990s, it rescued hundreds of people when Mt. Pinatubo exploded in the Philippines. It was later stationed in San Diego.
In 2004, Curts received national attention for seizing 12 tons of cocaine in the largest maritime cocaine interdiction in history. In its recently completed final deployment to the Eastern Pacific and Caribbean Sea, the crew seized more than $26 million in cocaine and marijuana, detained more than 30 alleged traffickers and scuttled seven vessels.
The Navy is gradually paring down the numbers of Oliver Perry-class frigates in favor of destroyers and the versatile new littoral combat ships, which are designed for fighting in coastal waters. According to U-T San Diego, the Curts will be towed to Hawaii and offered for sale to foreign navies. It will be scrapped if there are no takers.
Five people were injured in a three-car crash in the Rolando area on Sunday after an apparent road-rage incident. It happened about 1:30 p.m. on University Avenue at College Avenue, according to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.
Another successful Comic-Con is in the books. The four-day pop culture convention came to an end Sunday, but even in its final hours was packed with things to see and do.
Vince Velasquez allowed two hits over seven innings and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the San Diego Padres 5-0 Sunday for a doubleheader split.
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
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.
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.