SAN DIEGO - USS San Diego (LPD 22) will host a media day at Navy Pier May 17 at 1 p.m.
San Diego's Commanding Officer, Cmdr. Kevin Meyers, will discuss the ship's upcoming commissioning ceremony. San Diego is at Navy Pier to support events planned throughout the week leading up to the ceremony, scheduled for May 19 at 10 a.m.
The commissioning ceremony is a naval tradition and historic event for a ship; it marks the moment a new ship is formally placed in active service in the fleet. The commissioning crew consists of Sailors onboard during construction. These Sailors are known as "plankowners" because they share a measure of ownership of each 'plank' onboard a ship.
The ship's sponsor is Mrs. Linda Winter, the wife of former Secretary of the Navy Dr. Donald Winter.
San Diego is the sixth ship in the San Antonio class, the fourth ship named for the city, and the first San Diego to be homeported in San Diego. San Diego will also be the only ship in the fleet currently homeported in her namesake city.
San Diego's keel was laid May 23, 2007, at the Huntington Ingalls Shipyard in Pascagoula, Miss. She was christened June 12, 2010, and delivered to the Navy Dec. 19, 2011. San Diego departed Mississippi March 15, visited Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Cartagena, Colombia, transited the Panama Canal, and arrived in San Diego on April 6.
Any outlet interested in attending should contact Dave Hostetler, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet Public Affairs, (619) 437-3873, by 9 a.m. Thursday, May 17.
The ceremony will be aired live on the Livestream channel (http://www.livestream.com/usnavy) beginning at 10 am PST. For more information on San Diego, visit http://www.public.navy.mil/surfor/lpd22/Pages/default.aspx or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/LPD22.