USS San Diego to be commissioned; Free tours offered beforehand

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – The amphibious transport dock USS San Diego is
scheduled to open for three days of public tours at Navy Pier, beginning Tuesday.

The tours come in advance of the 684-foot-long ship's commissioning,
which is scheduled for Saturday, according to the Naval Surface Force public
affairs office.

The tours will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. today through Thursday, and
strict security rules will be in place. Anyone 18 and older will be asked to
show federal or state photo identification, and minors must be accompanied by
an adult with valid ID.

The USS San Diego, which is expected to carry a crew of about 360
sailors, was designed to transport and land a fully equipped Marine battalion
of 700 officers and enlisted personnel for various missions. Its armament
includes two cannons and two missile launchers, and its deck has room for four
helicopters or two tilt-rotor aircraft.

The ship pulled into its new home port in its namesake city last month,
three weeks after it left a shipyard in Mississippi. During those three weeks,
the ship made port calls at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and Cartagena, Colombia,
before transiting the Panama Canal and turning north toward San Diego.

Once it is commissioned, the USS San Diego is expected to begin sea
trials to test its systems and complete certifications. The ship is the fourth
named for San Diego but the first with the name to actually be homeported here.

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