USS San Diego Departs Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba


USS San Diego (LPD 22) departed Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba following her first port visit March 21.

San Diego arrived in Cuba March 18, three days after departing Huntington Ingalls Shipyard in Pascagoula, Miss. While in Cuba, San Diego hosted ship’s tours for more than 100 base personnel and their families, including Commander, Joint Task Force Guantanamo, Rear Adm. David Woods.

“We don’t get to see very many Navy ships come through here,” said Woods. “This is really impressive and it’s a pleasure to come out and show our joint team what the Navy’s all about. It’s a fantastic ship; I see why you’re so proud of it. For the crew, it’s obvious in the attitude how they want to display this ship. It is the Navy’s finest.”

San Diego is the fourth ship named for the city and the sixth ship in the San Antonio class. The ship features many new systems and features, both for mission effectiveness and crew comfort.

San Diego is currently en route to her future homeport and namesake city for commissioning in May 2012.

Naval Today Staff , March 22, 2012;