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April 6, 2012 / iDriveWarships

USS San Diego- A Classy Addition to its Namesake City

Classy? Without a doubt. But class is just one of the many attributes
USS San Diego (LPD 22) boasts as the newest warship in the U.S. Navy. It’s also the only ship currently homeported in its namesake city.

San Diego made its homeport arrival on April 3, led by commanding officer CDR Kevin Meyers, on its maiden voyage out of Pascagoula, Miss.

Leaving Mississippi on March 15, the ship made stops in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and Cartagena, Colombia. At 105 feet wide, San Diego also transited the 110 foot canal locks of the Panama Canal.

The ship was built in phases as was its crew—some there for the last two years and others joining closer to the ship’s completion date. For much of the crew this voyage marked their first time ever getting underway on a Navy ship.

The amphibious transport dock ship is adorned with San Diego mementos, including replicas of several street signs that mark the city’s major thoroughfares.

San Diego Sailors are already anticipating their involvement within the local community, including a sponsorship with Tierrasanta Elementary School.

USS San Diego in numbers:

  • Sixth ship in the San Antonio class
  • Fourth ship to bear its name
  • First ship named San Diego to be homeported in America’s Finest City

The next milestone for the crew of San Diego will be a commissioning ceremony on May 19 at Navy Pier. The ship’s sponsor is Linda Winter, the wife of Dr. Donald Winter, former 74th Secretary of the Navy.

Click here to view more photos from San Diego’s arrival.


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