SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The amphibious transport dock ship USS San Diego is scheduled to begin its maiden deployment Friday when the vessel leaves its namesake city as part of the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group, according to the Navy.
The fourth naval vessel to be named after San Diego was commissioned in May 2012 in a ceremony at Navy Pier.
The 684-foot ship is designed to carry landing craft, fighting vehicles, helicopters and personnel.
The ships of its class have more capacity than their predecessors, and are designed to carry around 700 Marines -- and up to 800 if necessary. The vessels also incorporated "stealth" technology into their design, resulting in a shape that can help avoid detection by radar.
The San Diego will be one of three ships leaving for deployment that can carry about 4,000 sailors and Marines.
The group also includes amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island, the amphibious dock landing ship USS Comstock, and the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit from Camp Pendleton.
"These last couple of months the Makin Island ARG has taken on many challenges during this training cycle and have successfully passed every evolution with flying colors," said Capt. Vic Cooper, the commander of Amphibious Squadron 5. "The hard work, dedication, and unit cohesion shown by the sailors and Marines have impressed me and I am confident that we will have a successful deployment and are well prepared for all missions."
The Navy said the ARG/MEU team serves as a sea-based, expeditionary crisis response force capable of conducting amphibious missions across the full range of military operations.
According to Scripps Ranch residents, for weeks they've been waking up to deep scrapes and scratches that someone keyed in their vehicles, and on Sunday an arrest was made in connection with the incidents.
One person was killed and several others seriously injured in a head-on crash Sunday in Scripps Ranch.
A 71-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of stabbing her 31-year-old son at least four times with a kitchen knife, when an argument at their San Diego home Sunday escalated into a fight.
The San Diego Gulls will seek their team-record ninth consecutive victory Sunday when they face their rival, the Ontario Reign, at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario.
Some public facilities will be closed Monday in observance of Presidents Day and the Metropolitan Transit System will offer reduced service.
Just the thought of free agent first baseman Eric Hosmer joining the downtrodden, youthful San Diego Padres sent a morning jolt through the spring training clubhouse.
Cold weather, light rain, mountain snow and gusty winds are all in the cards for San Diego County, forecasters said Sunday.