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.
Cool weather helped fire crews gain ground Thursday against the nation's deadliest wildfire in a century, as the search went on for more bodies. At least 56 people were killed and 300 were unaccounted for a week after the flames swept through.
After traveling more than a month and walking for thousands of miles, nearly 2,000 migrants have arrived in Tijuana – all hoping to cross into the United States, but a tall fence and several border agents stand between them and their hopes.
A transient who recently traveled to Southern California from the Midwest was arrested Friday on suspicion of jumping a woman on an East Village roadside, dragging her into some shrubbery and sexually assaulting her.
Hundreds of people, dressed in pink, were up early Friday for the “Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure” opening ceremonies in Del Mar.
A 92-year-old man accused of using a shotgun to kill his son while he slept in the Old Town home they shared pleaded not guilty Friday to a charge of murder.
A 37-year-old siamang gibbon at the San Diego Zoo recently gave birth to the zoo's first siamang baby in 12 years despite being on birth control, the zoo announced Friday.
Father Joe's Villages, which provides programs and housing for San Diego's homeless, and a Carlsbad-based development firm Friday announced a coordinated plan to build a mixed-use property with affordable housing in the downtown area.
An additional 4,000 migrants are expected to arrive at the border starting Friday through the weekend. The group has been growing by the hundreds each day, with about 800 migrants arriving in Tijuana Thursday.