SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Three San Diego-based warships that accompanied the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis on a seven-month deployment returned home Wednesday.
The guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay and destroyers USS Stockdale and USS William P. Lawrence left San Diego Jan. 20 and were part of what Navy brass called the "Great Green Fleet,'' a nod to the "Great White Fleet'' that showcased U.S. naval power in the early 20th century under President Theodore Roosevelt.
The vessels were powered by a fuel mix that included beef fat provided by farmers in the Midwest. The fat was purchased at a competitive price through a partnership between the Department of the Navy and U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The Mobile Bay is named for a Civil War naval battle. The Stockdale honors Vice Adm. James Stockdale, who won the Medal of Honor for leading prisoners of war during the Vietnam conflict. The William P. Lawrence is named for another vice admiral who was also a Vietnam POW, and later commander of the U.S. Naval Academy.
Helicopters that operated on the ships came home Tuesday at Naval Air Station North Island.
The Stennis stopped at North Island Wednesday before its homecoming in Bremerton, Washington.
The San Diego City Council is scheduled to take up the controversial issue of short-term vacation rentals on Monday. The council is expected to vote on Mayor Faulconer's proposal, which was introduced last month.
The San Diego City Council issued a proclamation last week to recognize July 2018 as LGBT Pride Month in America's Finest City. The proclamation came just before Pride festivities kicked off in Hillcrest, Balboa Park and elsewhere around San Diego.
A jaguar went on a killing rampage at a Louisiana zoo on Saturday, but he was born here at the San Diego Zoo. Valerio spent two years in San Diego before being moved to the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans.
A resident in the Colina Del Sol community of San Diego discovered a 36-year-old homeless man Sunday morning sitting on a bus bench suffering from several stab wounds to his upper back, a police sergeant said.
A man drove through a police barricade near the San Diego Pride festival, led officers on a chase down multiple San Diego freeways and ultimately crashed -- but was able to escape capture, police said Sunday.
A dead man was found in a Mission Valley freeway interchange, his smashed-up motorcycle in the nearby iceplant, officials announced Sunday.
Border Patrol agents arrested nine people found aboard a boat who are believed to have been trying to enter the United States illegally, an agent said Sunday.