Fleet Week San Diego Begins

November 6, 2019 – USS San Diego (LPD 22) and USCGC Robert Ward (WPC 1130) and local Marines arrived at Broadway Pier in downtown San Diego, Nov. 5, to begin a week-long tribute to the sea services during the 22nd annual Fleet Week San Diego (FWSD) through Nov. 12. FWSD is an opportunity for the American public to meet their Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard teams and experience the U.S. sea services. During fleet week, service members will have the opportunity to participate in various community service events, showcase…

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Carderock engineers help discover what sank WWI cruiser USS San Diego

March 12, 2019 – The Navy announced its findings into what sank the World War I cruiser USS San Diego (ACR 6) after a two-year study at the American Geophysical Union’s fall meeting on Dec. 11. Dr. Alexis Catsambis, an underwater archeologist at the Naval History and Heritage Command, based at the Washington Navy Yard, led the project and chaired a panel discussion about the findings at the event. Although the original court of inquiry believed the explosion that sank the 500-foot armored cruiser was caused by a mine, later…

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USS San Diego Visits Puerto Vallarta

USS San Diego (LPD 22) arrived in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico for her first regularly scheduled port visit, April 6. While in port, the crew of San Diego will have a chance to engage in friendship building activities, through professional exchanges with Sailors from the Mexican Navy. The crew will also volunteer their time and participate in a community relations project to help re-paint a local library. “You always want to build professional engagements with other militaries,” said Commanding Officer, Capt. Pete Collins. “And with Mexico being our next door neighbor,…

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America ARG returns to San Diego after deployment

Sailors and Marines of the USS America (LHA 6) Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) returned to their homeport at Naval Station San Diego, Feb. 2, after a successful seven-month deployment to the Indo-Pacific, Middle East, Mediterranean, and Horn of Africa regions. During the deployment, more than 4,500 Sailors and Marines of the America ARG and embarked 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) conducted maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in support of regional security, stability, and the free flow of maritime commerce. America ARG is comprised of the amphibious assault…

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America ARG Home Friday

Sailors and Marines of the USS America (LHA 6) Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) are scheduled to return to their homeport at Naval Station San Diego, Feb. 2, after a successful seven-month deployment to the Indo-Pacific, Middle East, Mediterranean, and Horn of Africa regions. During the deployment, more than 4,500 Sailors and Marines of the America ARG and embarked 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) conducted maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in support of regional security, stability, and the free flow of maritime commerce. Media interested in covering the…

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America ARG Arrives in Hawaii

America Amphibious Ready Group (ARG)/15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) arrived at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Jan. 22 and 23, for the final port call of the ARG/MEU’s deployment to the Indo-Asia-Pacific, Horn of Africa, Mediterranean, and Middle East. During their seven-month deployment, the America ARG/15th MEU conducted maritime security operations and theater security cooperation in support of regional security and stability, and the free flow of maritime commerce for U.S. Pacific Command, U.S. Central Command and U.S. Africa Command. “The Sailors and Marines have had an incredible deployment,” said…

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USS America and USS San Diego depart Guam

USS America (LHA 6) and USS San Diego (LPD 22), both part of the America Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), along with embarked 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), departed Guam Jan. 12 following a scheduled port visit. As the first port visit together in the Indo-Asia-Pacific, many of the Sailors and Marines of America and San Diego had been looking forward to visiting the beautiful island for the first time. “I’ve never been to Guam before, but it was a really good time,” said Capt. Michael Smith, troop embarkation officer for…

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USS San Diego Arrives in Guam

USS San Diego (LPD 22) and embarked 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) arrived in Guam for a scheduled port visit Jan. 9. Naval Base Guam is a strategic U.S. naval base located on Apra Harbor, Guam. It serves as one of the leading naval bases in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. “It feels good to be making our way home,” said Quartermaster 1st Class Christian Roman. “It’s strange to think that this is the first U.S. (territory) port we have stopped in since we left San Diego.” San Diego’s port visit will…

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America ARG, 15th MEU Return to 7th Fleet Region

USS San Diego (LPD 22) and USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52), along with the embarked 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), returned to U.S. 7th Fleet, Dec. 25. Under the operational control of Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 3, the ships were set to join the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) as the America Amphibious Ready Group (ARG). “While on this deployment, each of the ships have done some phenomenal work in establishing themselves as the premier crisis response contingency force for the fleet commanders,” said Capt. Rome Ruiz, commander of…

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USS San Diego Departs Souda Bay

USS San Diego (LPD 22) departed Naval Support Activity Souda Bay, Greece, Nov. 30 after a scheduled port visit. During San Diego’s five-day port visit, the crew hosted commander, United States Africa Command (AFRICOM), Marine Gen. Thomas D. Waldhauser, who held an all-hands call to thank the crew for the role they played in advancing the national objectives while in the region. “I want to thank San Diego for how you guys separated from the [America Amphibious Ready Group] and everything that you’ve done in support of AFRICOM over the…

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USS San Diego Arrives In Souda Bay

USS San Diego (LPD 22) and embarked 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) arrived in Souda Bay, Greece, for a scheduled port visit, Nov. 27. This is San Diego’s second port visit in Souda Bay during this deployment. While in port, the crew will conduct routine repairs and cosmetic work on the ship, and have the opportunity to venture to the local sites. “We’ve been on station in the Mediterranean for about three months,” said Capt. Pete Collins, commanding officer of San Diego. “Not only is this our chance to get…

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Navy Announces Plan to Survey Wreck of WWI Cruiser San Diego

The Navy announced plans September 6 to survey the wreck of the World War I U.S. Navy cruiser, on which six American Sailors lost their lives when she was sunk as a result of enemy action off the coast of New York on July 19, 1918. The survey’s objective is to assess the condition of the wreck site and determine if the ship, the only major warship lost by the United States in, was sunk as a result of a German submarine-launched torpedo or mine. Ultimately, data gathered will help…

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America Amphibious Ready Group Successfully Conducts Group Sail

February 13, 2017 – The America Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) successfully completed a multi-ship training exercise, Group Sail, Feb. 10 off the coast of southern California. Group Sail is one of the pre-deployment underways which allow the three ARG ships, amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6), amphibious transport dock USS San Diego (LPD 22) and amphibious dock landing ship USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52) to exercise together in a maritime environment. Components of the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit Air Combat Element are also participating in Group Sail, conducting air…

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