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.
By mid-June, San Diego will be home to The Cado, a first of its kind pop-up featuring multi-sensory art installations designed to take you inside, and out, of a California avocado.
A middle-aged 90-pound African spurred tortoise nicknamed "Humpty" is continuing to recover Thursday following a surgery to fix his shell, which was severely cracked in several places when he fell from a 10- foot wall in Fallbrook, county officials said.
A San Diego judge will decide if there is enough evidence for an off- duty Yuma police officer accused of sexually assaulting a woman in San Diego to stand trial.
President Trump sent out a tweet Thursday thanking San Diego County for siding with him on California's sanctuary state
A San Diego man who beat, raped and strangled a female friend after watching her have sex with another couple, then stuffed her body in a suitcase and put it out with the trash, was convicted Thursday of first-degree murder.
Authorities put out a call Wednesday to anyone who might be able to help identify a mugger who jumped a woman in a South Bay park and physically and sexually assaulted her, leaving her hospitalized.
A fire broke out early Thursday morning in a back room of a Baptist church and Christian college in Logan Heights, authorities said.
California reached an agreement with the federal government that the state's National Guard troops will deploy to the border to focus on fighting transnational gangs as well as drug and gun smugglers, Gov. Jerry Brown said.
Creating an inventory of soon-to-expire affordable housing projects and ordinances to protect residents were among the suggestions generated at workshops Wednesday hosted by the City Council's Smart Growth and Land Use Committee.