SAN DIEGO – USS San Diego (LPD 22) is scheduled to be formally commissioned at Navy Pier in downtown San Diego at 10 a.m. May 19.
The ceremony is an official U. S. Navy ticketed event. All tickets have been distributed.
For those unable to attend the actual ceremony, it will be aired live on the U.S. Navy Facebook page (www.facebook.com/usnavy
and Livestream channel (http://www.livestream.com/usnavy
) beginning at 10 a.m. PST.
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. During the ceremony, she will give the command to “Man our ship and bring her to life” marking the beginning of San Diego’s service to the Navy and the United States.
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 media outlet interested in attending should contact Mr. Dave Hostetler, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet Public Affairs, (619) 437-3873, by 4 p.m. Friday, May 18.
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