SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The guided-missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer departed Naval Base San Diego Thursday for an independent deployment to the western Pacific Ocean.
The 509-foot-long Meyer carries a crew of about 300 officers and enlisted sailors, who will provide maritime security, according to the Naval Surface Forces public affairs office.
The Arleigh Burke-class ship was named for the late Rear Adm. Wayne E. Meyer, who is regarded as the "Father of Aegis" for his service as the AEGIS Weapons System Manager and later his development of the AEGIS Shipbuilding Project Office.
The ship last deployed in 2011, returning in February 2012.
The sailors of the Wayne E. Meyer and other ships in the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis strike group helped with the draw-down of U.S. forces in Iraq on that last voyage. They also thwarted an attempted pirate attack on a Bahamian-flagged cargo vessel and freed a group of Iranian mariners from the suspected pirates.
A five-county funeral procession is being held Sunday for San Diego firefighter Cory Iverson who died battling the Thomas Fire.
A small plane crashed and burned in an El Cajon parking lot shortly after takeoff Sunday, sending three people to a hospital.
A driver's license and drunken driving checkpoint in Poway resulted in four arrests, sheriff's officials said Sunday.
Despite recent windy, dry conditions, some San Diegans were treated to cool weather, and in some areas, light sprinkles this weekend.
Distraught doesn't begin to describe the family of Jermaine Barnes, a Mountain View man left with life-threatening brain injuries after he was hit by a car Friday night outside of his home.
Gun owners were given the chance to trade in their unwanted firearms for cash or a skateboard at a gun buyback event hosted by local police and faith leaders on Saturday.
More than 140 children received early Christmas gifts Saturday thanks to a local church and the county's bravest men and women.
The replacement event for the long-running but now-defunct Chargers Blood Drive was held Saturday at the Town & Country Resort and Convention Center.
After 10 days of destruction, the Lilac Fire was 100 percent contained Saturday, fire officials announced.