USS Freedom returns to San Diego - San Diego, California News Station - KFMB Channel 8 - cbs8.com

USS Freedom returns to San Diego

Posted: Updated:

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The littoral combat ship USS Freedom returned Monday to its home port of San Diego, completing its maiden deployment.

The Freedom, a new style agile vessel designed to fight in coastal waters in various configurations, patrolled Southeast Asia, took part in exercises with allied navies and helped out with typhoon relief efforts in the Philippines, according to the U.S. Navy.

The vessel has two crews of 53 sailors each, plus air and other detachments.

The Freedom left San Diego March 1 with its "gold" crew, which was relieved in August by the "blue" crew.

Cmdr. Dale Heinken succeeded Cmdr. Patrick Thien as blue crew commander on Dec. 15 during a port call to Honolulu.

It was the first lengthy deployment by the new type of ship, which was plagued by structural and mechanical problems during its development.

The USS Freedom had to undergo maintenance in port three times during the deployment, according to Stars and Stripes. The publication reported that the next LCS to deploy would be the San Diego-based USS Fort Worth, late next year.

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Supervisors back SeaWorld in killer whale controversy

    Supervisors back SeaWorld in killer whale controversy

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 11:01 PM EDT2014-04-16 03:01:31 GMT
    The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted 3-1 Tuesday to oppose recently introduced legislation that would ban SeaWorld San Diego from featuring orcas in its shows, as well as any  
    The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted 3-1 Tuesday to oppose recently introduced legislation that would ban SeaWorld San Diego from featuring orcas in its shows, as well as any future state or federal efforts proposing similar restrictions involving killer whales. 
  • "Hate crime" murder case goes to the jury

    "Hate crime" murder case goes to the jury

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 11:00 PM EDT2014-04-16 03:00:49 GMT
    An Iraqi immigrant, upset that his wife wanted a divorce, killed her by hitting her at least six times in the head with a blunt object as she sat at a computer in their El Cajon home, a 
     
    An Iraqi immigrant, upset that his wife wanted a divorce, killed her by hitting her at least six times in the head with a blunt object as she sat at a computer in their El Cajon home, a prosecutor said Tuesday, but the defendant's attorney said his client loved his spouse and had no motive to kill her.
     
  • Gasoline price rises for 14th straight day

    Gasoline price rises for 14th straight day

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 11:00 PM EDT2014-04-16 03:00:33 GMT
    The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in San Diego County rose Tuesday for the 14th consecutive day, increasing 1.6 cents to $4.259, its highest amount since March 5, 2013. 
    The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in San Diego County rose Tuesday for the 14th consecutive day, increasing 1.6 cents to $4.259, its highest amount since March 5, 2013. 
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and Midwest Television, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.