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.
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