USS San Diego Open for Public Tours during Week of Commissioning Ceremony
SAN DIEGO – USS San Diego (LPD 22) is scheduled to transit from Naval Base San Diego to Navy Pier in downtown San Diego May 14.
San Diego is making the shift to support events planned throughout the week leading up to the ship’s commissioning ceremony May 19.
There will be media availability with San Diego’s Commanding Officer, Cmdr. Kevin Meyers, after the ship’s arrival at Navy Pier at approximately 1 p.m. 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. Monday, May 14.
Public tours of the ship are scheduled for May 15, 16, 17, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tours will begin at the visitor control point on Navy Pier across from the Midway Museum at the foot of Broadway. Visitors must adhere to these important safety and security instructions:
- All tour participants will be subject to search. Fire arms, ammunition and all weapons will not be permitted.
- Anyone 18 years and older will be required to show a state or federal photo i.d.
- Anyone under the age of 18 will require an adult escort over the age of 18 with photo i.d.
- All items carried onboard will be the individual’s responsibility. Large, heavy bags or luggage are highly discouraged, and will be searched prior to the tour.
- Once onboard, a tour is approximately one hour. Photography is authorized.
- The tour will include climbing and descending up to four flights of stairs. Comfortable clothing and flat, practical footwear is highly encouraged.
- As an active warship, the design is not able to accommodate wheelchairs, strollers, anyone unable to climb stairs under their own power, including very small children, the infirm and service animals. Personal pets will not be permitted.
The Commissioning Ceremony is scheduled for 10 a.m. May 19. The ceremony is an official U. S. Navy event for which there is no admission fee. Admission is, however, by invitation only due to limited seating. For more information visit http://www.lpd22.com/index.html
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.
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.