USS SAN DIEGO is the sixth SAN ANTONIO - class amphibious transport dock and the fourth ship in the Navy to bear the name.
|General Characteristics:||Awarded: June 1, 2006|
|Keel laid: May 23, 2007|
|Launched: May 7, 2010|
|Commissioned: May 19, 2012|
|Builder: Northrop Grumman Ship Systems, Avondale, New Orleans, La.|
|Propulsion system: four sequentially turbocharged marine Colt-Pielstick Diesels|
|Length: 684 feet (208.5 meters)|
|Beam: 105 feet (31.9 meters)|
|Draft: 23 feet (7 meters)|
|Displacement: approx. 24,900 tons|
|Speed: 22 knots|
|Well deck capacity: two LCAC or one LCU and 14 Expeditionary Fighting Vehicles|
|Aircraft: landing platform for all helicopters and the MV-22 Osprey; maintenance facilities for one CH-53E or two CH-46s or one MV-22 or three UH/AH-1s|
|Crew: Ship: 28 officers, 332 enlisted|
|Marine Detachment: 66 officers, 633 enlisted (can be expanded to 800)|
|Homeport: San Diego, Calif.|
|Armament: two Bushmaster II 30 mm Close in Guns; two |
This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USS SAN DIEGO. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.
About the Ship's Coat of Arms:
The dark blue represents the traditional mission of a deep-water Navy while the lighter blue represents the near shore environments where USS SAN DIEGO will carry out her mission. The Spanish sailing caravel and stylized dolphins are adapted from the City of San Diego’s coat of arms. The caravel is an artistic representation of the SAN SALVADOR, flagship of Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo who landed at San Diego Bay in 1542. The caravel carries a blue and gold pennant, the City of San Diego flag, and a flag with six lightning bolts alluding to USS SAN DIEGO being the sixth ship of the SAN ANTONIO class of Landing Platform Dock (LPD) ships. The demi-trident indicates naval dominance and the ship’s ability to conduct expeditionary operations utilizing the Marine Corps’ mobility triad - Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle (EFV), landing craft air cushion (LCAC), and the Marine Corps’ tilt-rotor MV-22 Osprey - in support of the U.S. maritime strategy. The four stars represent ships to bear the name San Diego. The red is representative of the U.S. Marine Corps. The eighteen (18) gold stars pay tribute to the battle stars awarded to USS SAN DIEGO (CL 53) for her combat service during World War II.
The belfry, also adapted from the City of San Diego’s coat of arms, recalls the city’s origin as a mission settlement. The mission bell has been replaced with a ship’s bell acknowledging the city’s long standing connection to maritime industry and the U.S. Navy. The palm wreath signifies honor and victory.
The U.S. Navy Officer sword, U.S. Marine Corps Mameluke, and U.S. Navy and Marine Corps enlisted swords symbolize the synergy between the two services. Furthermore, the placement of the swords symbolizes the leadership and direction provided by commissioned officers combined with the strength and support of the senior enlisted cadre forging the foundation of USS SAN DIEGO’s crew and the Navy-Marine Corps Team.
USS SAN DIEGO Image Gallery:
The photos below were taken by me and show the SAN DIEGO at Naval Base San Diego, Calif., on May 10, 2012 - roughly 1 1/2 weeks before her commissioning.
The photos below were taken by me and show the SAN DIEGO arriving at San Diego, Calif., on the morning of October 5, 2012.
The photos below were taken by me and show the SAN DIEGO at Naval Base San Diego, Calif., on October 11, 2012.
The photos below were taken by Henry Schnutz and show the SAN DIEGO at Naval Base San Diego, Calif., on August 27, 2013.
The photo below was taken by Lydia Perz and shows the SAN DIEGO at Naval Base San Diego, Calif., on May 3, 2014.
The photos below were taken by Shiu On Yee on August 20-23, 2014, and show the SAN DIEGO during a port visit to Hong Kong while assigned to the USS MAKIN ISLAND (LHD 8) Expeditionary Strike Group.
The photos below were taken by Michael Jenning and show the SAN DIEGO undergoing a Selected Restricted Availability (SRA) at BAE Systems San Diego Ship Repair on October 2, 2015.
The photos below were taken by Michael Jenning and show the SAN DIEGO returning to San Diego, Calif., respectively at the Naval Base a few hours later. The photos were taken on April 18, 2016.
The photos below were taken by Michael Jenning and show the SAN DIEGO leading the Parade of Ships during Fleet Week San Francisco at San Francisco, Calif., on October 7, 2016.
The photos below were taken by Michael Jenning on October 8, 2016, during an open ship aboard USS SAN DIEGO as part of Fleet Week San Francisco.
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The photos below were taken by Sebastian Thoma and show the USS SAN DIEGO at Naval Base San Diego, Calif., on December 20, 2016.
The photos below were taken by Michael Jenning and show the USS SAN DIEGO at BAE Systems San Diego Ship Repair at San Diego, Calif., on September 28, 2018.