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May 24, 2012 / iDriveWarships

Navy Commissions USS San Diego, Welcomes Her to the Fleet

There’s a new ship in town and her name is San Diego. Commissioned during a ceremony on May 19 in her namesake city, USS San Diego (LPD 22) is the latest San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship to join the U.S. Pacific Fleet.

While open for public tours in the days leading up to commissioning, over 2,200 people explored the ship while moored on the pier across from the USS Midway Museum. The ship’s commissioning committee invited 6,000 people to attend the landmark celebration, marking the ship’s transition from a pre-commissioning unit to a United States Ship.

The ship’s sponsor, Linda Winter (wife of former Secretary of the Navy Donald Winter), ordered the ship’s approximately 377 officers and enlisted personnel to man the ship and bring her to life. With that order, the crew charged up the brow to man the rails of the Navy’s newest warship.

Cmdr. Kevin Meyers is the commanding officer of USS San Diego, which will be homeported at Naval Base San Diego. The ship’s principal mission will be to deploy combat and support elements of Marine Expeditionary Units and Brigades.

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