USS San Diego (LPD-22)

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For other ships of the same name, see USS San Diego.
USS San Diego (LPD-22) underway in February 2014.JPG
San Diego underway in February 2014
Career
Namesake: The City of San Diego, California
Awarded: 1 June 2006
Builder: NGSS Ingalls
Laid down: 23 May 2007
Launched: 7 May 2010
Christened: 12 June 2010
Commissioned: 19 May 2012
Homeport: Naval Base San Diego
Motto: Semper Vigilans ("Always vigilant")
Status: in active service, as of 2014
General characteristics
Class & type: San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock
Displacement: 25,000 tons full
Length: 208.5 m (684 ft) overall,
201.4 m (661 ft) waterline
Beam:   31.9 m (105 ft) extreme,
  29.5 m (97 ft) waterline
Draft:     7 m (23 ft)
Propulsion: Four Colt-Pielstick diesel engines, two shafts, 40,000 hp (30 MW)
Speed: 22 knots (41 km/h)
Boats & landing
craft carried:
Two LCACs (air cushion)
or one LCU (conventional)
Capacity: 699 (66 officers, 633 enlisted); surge to 800 total.
Complement: 28 officers, 333 enlisted
Armament: Two 30 mm Bushmaster II cannons, for surface threat defense;
two Rolling Airframe Missile launchers for air defense
Aircraft carried: Four CH-46 Sea Knight helicopters or two MV-22 tilt rotor aircraft may be launched or recovered simultaneously.

USS San Diego (LPD-22), a San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock, is the fourth ship of the United States Navy to be named for San Diego, California. The city is the home of Naval Base San Diego, the Navy's largest base in the Pacific, and Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, the United States Marine Corps' west coast recruit training center. The ship is designed to deliver a fully equipped Marine battalion of 699 officers and enlisted men.

Secretary of the Navy Gordon R. England named the San Diego on 30 April 2004:

San Diego is home to a large number of the Pacific Fleet's ships. For decades our nation's sailors and Marines have begun their service to America at boot camps in San Diego. Thousands of military families and veterans have fallen in love with the area, and are fortunate enough to live and work in San Diego. USS San Diego will project American power to the far corners of the earth and support the cause of freedom well into the 21st century.

San Diego's keel was laid down on 23 May 2007, at Northrop Grumman's Ingalls shipyard in Pascagoula, Mississippi. She was launched on 7 May 2010,[1] and christened on 12 June, sponsored by Linda Winter, wife of former Navy Secretary Donald C. Winter.[2][3]

On 1 October 2011, it was announced that San Diego had completed her builders trials, including tests of her defensive, communications, propulsion and other auxiliary systems, leaving only the repair of issues that arose in the builders trials and thereafter Navy Acceptance Trials before delivery.[4] Her acceptance trials were completed on 17 November,[5] ahead of her delivery to the Navy on 19 December.[6]

A rigid inflatable boat (RIB), front, and the USS San Diego cruise in the water as part of a maritime interdiction operations (MIO) training conducted during Certification Exercise (CERTEX) off the coast of Southern California, June 11, 2014. Photo By: Gunnery Sgt. Rome M. Lazarus

On 12 March 2012, the ship's skipper, Commander Jon Haydel, was relieved for storing pornographic images on his work computer and misusing ship's resources. A subsequent investigation found that the ship's executive officer, Lieutenant Commander Wes House, had fostered an abusive and hostile work environment aboard the ship.[7]

On 7 February 2014 Captain John Menoni relieved Captain William Grotewold as the San Diego's fourth commanding Officer. Captain Menoni arrived in November 2012 as the executive officer of San Diego. He received his commission in 1991 after graduating from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

San Diego departed Pascagoula on 15 March 2012[8] and arrived at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, on 19 March for a three-day layover on her way to San Diego.[9] San Diego passed through the Panama Canal on 25 March.

She arrived in San Diego on 6 April.

San Diego was commissioned on 19 May 2012, in a ceremony at the Navy Pier (next to the USS Midway Museum) in San Diego, California.[10]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Future USS San Diego (LPD 22) Launched". Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) Public Affairs. 18 May 2010. Retrieved 2010-06-12. 
  2. ^ "Photo Release -- U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps Leadership Join Forces to Christen the Northrop Grumman-built San Diego (LPD 22)". Northrop Grumman Corporation. 12 June 2010. Retrieved 2010-06-12. 
  3. ^ "June 2010". Special Events Blog. Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding (NGSB). Retrieved 2010-06-12. 
  4. ^ "Amphibious Transport Dock Ship USS San Diego Completes Builder’s Sea Trials". Shipbuilding Tribune. 4 October 2011. Archived from the original on 4 October 2011. Retrieved 5 October 2011. 
  5. ^ "U.S. Navy Finishes Acceptance Sea Trials for HII’s Sixth Amphibious Transport Dock". Shipbuilding Tribune. 20 November 2011. Archived from the original on 20 November 2011. Retrieved 20 November 2011. 
  6. ^ "U.S. Navy Accepts Delivery of Amphibious Transport Dock Ship San Diego". Shipbuilding Tribune. 19 December 2011. Archived from the original on 19 December 2011. Retrieved 20 December 2011. 
  7. ^ Fellman, Sam, "CO fired for poor judgment, XO deemed abusive", Military Times, 17 July 2012
  8. ^ "USS San Diego (LPD 22) Departs Ingalls Shipbuilding". Shipbuilding Tribune. 16 March 2012. Archived from the original on 22 March 2012. Retrieved 23 March 2012. 
  9. ^ "USS San Diego Visits GTMO on Maiden Voyage". US Navy. 20 March 2012. Archived from the original on 22 March 2012. Retrieved 23 March 2012. 
  10. ^ "USS San Diego LPD 22". Retrieved 12 May 2012. 

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