SAN DIEGO (CNS) - San Diego-based naval vessels that took part in the search for the Malaysia Airlines passenger jet that went missing in March are scheduled to return home from separate seven-month deployments on Thursday, the Navy announced Tuesday.
Sailors aboard the guided-missile destroyers USS Pinckney and USS Kidd were conducting training missions in the South China Sea when the jumbo jet disappeared.
Both ships sent their MH-60R Seahawk helicopters on search missions for the missing aircraft.
"Lending support to our regional partners in a time of difficulty is what we do," said Cmdr. Frank Okata, Pinckney's commanding officer.
The choppers, based at Naval Air Station North Island, searched around 1,500 square miles per day, according to the Navy.
"Our helicopters are an extension of the ship's capabilities and provided us with the best chance to find aircraft debris," said Lt. j.g. Eric Bachtel, the Combat Information Center officer aboard the Kidd.
The wreckage of Boeing 777, carrying 239 passengers and crew on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, still hasn't been found.
The Pinckney is named for Navy cook William Pinckney, who received a Navy cross for his daring rescue of a fellow crewman aboard the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise, when it was badly damaged in the Battle of Santa Cruz off the Solomon Islands during World War II.
The Kidd is named for Rear Adm. Isaac Kidd, who was among the 1,177 sailors who died aboard the battleship USS Arizona during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
Police were involved a pursuit late Saturday that ended with a deadly officer-involved shooting in Escondido.
Two people died early Sunday morning after a high-speed chase ended in a head-on crash in North County.
A man was shot and killed by police at an officer- involved shooting in Escondido, a sheriff's lieutenant said Sunday.
An approaching winter storm is poised to open an "atmospheric river" of subtropical rain clouds on Southern California this week, but the San Diego area is expected to see just a fraction of that moisture, forecasters said Sunday.
A man threw rocks at vehicles on Interstate 5 near Imperial Beach Sunday, and threatened police with a pickaxe as he ran into a riverbed.
San Diego Sen. Toni Atkins will make history Wednesday when she becomes the first woman and first lesbian to hold the California Senate's top job.
A 16-year-old boy was allegedly drunk when he crashed his car into a stopped vehicle, pinning a motorist between two bumpers, police said Sunday.
A 27-year-old man suffered fatal injuries as the result of a "punching game'' inside of a bar Saturday morning in the Gaslamp
neighborhood of San Diego.
A large plume of smoke filled the sky in Miramar on Saturday morning after a concrete supply building went up in flames.
SANDAG began removing call boxes along urban highways throughout the San Diego region this month and will continue to do so through June, reflecting a decrease in call volume due to the increase in cell phone ownership.