US amphibious ship USS San Diego arrives in Vietnam
The US Navy amphibious transport dock USS San Diego (LPD 22) arrived in the Cam Ranh International Port for a routine technical stop on August 6.
The ship visited Vietnam while on deployment with the America amphibious ready group whose flagship, the USS America, pulled into Singapore on the same date.
San Diego, an amphibious transport dock capable of carrying Marines and their equipment, has been at sea conducting training in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region over the past several weeks since departing its homeport of San Diego in early July.
“This is the first opportunity for some of our sailors to fulfill one of those ambitions for why many people join the U.S. Navy – to see the world,” said Capt. Pete Collins, commanding officer of the San Diego.
Sailors and Marines aboard the San Diego will have the chance to participate in recreational activities in Nha Trang and surrounding areas to include snorkeling excursions and temple visits.
After stopping in Cam Ranh International Port, the San Diego will continue training with allies and partners in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations.
Commissioned in 2012, San Diego is the sixth ship in the San Antonio-class of amphibious landing transport dock ships. Designed as a multi-mission amphibious warship, these ships are able to support a broad range of expeditionary operations. The ship’s namesake comes from the city of San Diego which has a long mutual history with the U.S. Navy and is the fourth vessel to bear the name.