USS San Diego (LPD-22)

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USS San Diego (LPD-22)
USS San Diego on 6 April 2012
United States
NameSan Diego
NamesakeSan Diego
Awarded1 June 2006[1]
BuilderNGSS Ingalls
Laid down23 May 2007[1]
Launched7 May 2010[1]
Christened12 June 2010
Commissioned19 May 2012[1]
HomeportSan Diego[1]
  • Semper Vigilans
  • (Always vigilant)
Statusin active service
BadgeUSS San Diego (LPD-22) crest.png
General characteristics
Class and typeSan Antonio-class amphibious transport dock
Displacement25,000 tons full
  • 208.5 m (684 ft) overall,
  • 201.4 m (661 ft) waterline
  •   31.9 m (105 ft) extreme,
  •   29.5 m (97 ft) waterline
Draft    7 m (23 ft)
PropulsionFour Colt-Pielstick diesel engines, two shafts, 40,000 hp (30 MW)
Speed22 knots (41 km/h)
Boats & landing
craft carried
  • Two LCACs (air cushion)
  • or one LCU (conventional)
Capacity699 (66 officers, 633 enlisted); surge to 800 total.
Complement28 officers, 333 enlisted
Aircraft carriedFour 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.


Ship's name[edit]

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.

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.

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,[2] and christened on 12 June, sponsored by Linda Winter, wife of former Navy Secretary Donald C. Winter.[3][4]

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.[5] Her acceptance trials were completed on 17 November,[6] ahead of her delivery to the Navy on 19 December.[7]


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.[10]

Operational history[edit]

USS San Diego (LPD-22) in the Red Sea in October 2014.

In late 2014, San Diego operated with the Makin Island Amphibious ready group in the United States Fifth Fleet area.


Coronavirus pandemic[edit]

On 17 July 2020, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported that sailors of San Diego had stated, on condition of anonymity, that at least five sailors from their ship had tested positive for COVID-19 during the preceding few days.[11] The sailors had been interviewed by the Union-Tribune presumably regarding a fire aboard nearby amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard.[11] In response, a Navy spokesperson confirmed that two sailors who were part of the firefighting effort had tested positive for the virus.[a][11]

The two sailors had shown symptoms of the disease.[11] One was part of a crew fighting the fire, and the other had been acting as support.[12] One sailor who fought in the fire stated that the fire had destroyed much of Bonhomme Richard's firefighting gear, so the gear of nearby ships, including that of San Diego, was being used, and sailors fighting the fire often swapped gear with each other.[11] In addition, 27 close contacts had been identified and placed in quarantine.[11]


  1. ^ The San Diego Union-Tribune reported that the two sailors were from San Diego, while Navy Times reported that the spokesperson "declined to identify the local commands of the afflicted sailors, citing Defense Department policy for not naming units that suffer COVID-19 outbreaks".[11][12]


  1. ^ a b c d e "USS San Diego (LPD 22)". Naval Vessel Register. Retrieved 25 July 2016.
  2. ^ "Future USS San Diego (LPD 22) Launched". Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) Public Affairs. 18 May 2010. Retrieved 2010-06-12.
  3. ^ "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.
  4. ^ "June 2010". Special Events Blog. Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding (NGSB). Retrieved 2010-06-12.
  5. ^ "Amphibious Transport Dock Ship USS San Diego Completes Builder's Sea Trials". Shipbuilding Tribune. 4 October 2011. Archived from the original on 31 March 2012. Retrieved 5 October 2011.
  6. ^ "U.S. Navy Finishes Acceptance Sea Trials for HII's Sixth Amphibious Transport Dock". Shipbuilding Tribune. 20 November 2011. Archived from the original on 12 December 2011. Retrieved 20 November 2011.
  7. ^ "U.S. Navy Accepts Delivery of Amphibious Transport Dock Ship San Diego". Shipbuilding Tribune. 19 December 2011. Archived from the original on 15 May 2012. Retrieved 20 December 2011.
  8. ^ "USS San Diego (LPD 22) Departs Ingalls Shipbuilding". Shipbuilding Tribune. 16 March 2012. Archived from the original on 17 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 5 August 2012. Retrieved 23 March 2012.
  10. ^ "USS San Diego LPD 22". Retrieved 12 May 2012.
  11. ^ a b c d e f g "Sailors test positive for COVID-19 after sharing firefighting gear at San Diego ship fire". 18 July 2020.
  12. ^ a b "Two sailors who helped fight Bonhomme Richard fire test positive for COVID-19". 20 July 2020.

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