USS George Washington To Leave San Diego For Training, Refueling

The USS George Washington, one of the aircraft carriers taking part in a three-way swap of home ports, is scheduled to leave San Diego Friday for training and nuclear refueling.

The George Washington was based in Japan for seven years before coming to San Diego last month.

After the George Washington and the guided-missile destroyers USS Chafee and USS McFaul leave, they will take part in Southern Seas 2015, a ...

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Carrier USS Ronald Reagan Leaves San Diego, Bound For Japan

After 11 years in San Diego, the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan Monday began a voyage to its new home port in Japan.

The Reagan is one of three aircraft carriers taking part in a swap of home ports. The USS George Washington left Japan, and following a stop here, is destined for Virginia, where it will undergo a nuclear power refueling.

The USS Theodore Roosevelt, which had been located ...

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Defense Contractors Still See A Market In San Diego

A number of defense contractors are in San Diego for the 27th annual Navy Gold Coast conference, which began Tuesday.

Organizers said the market for defense contractors is still off the high of 2012. But areas such as cyber defense still provide opportunities for companies, even as the overall defense budget continues to shrink.

“I think a lot of companies are staying smaller longer," said Jim Lasswell who owns INDUS ...

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Former Camp Pendleton Marine Convicted Of Assaulting Colleague

A former Marine was convicted of sneaking into the Camp Pendleton apartment of a female Marine he didn't know and sexually assaulting her as she slept.

Pedro Javier Orellana, 24, is scheduled to be sentenced on Nov. 30 by U.S. District Judge Larry Burns.

A federal jury Thursday found Orellana guilty of one count of sexual abuse of an incapacitated victim.

The defendant, who had been released on ...

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Navy, San Diego Energy Execs Celebrate Solar Deal

The Navy, federal Western Area Power Administration and executives of San Diego-based Sempra U.S. Gas & Power Thursday celebrated a deal to provide solar energy to 14 naval and Marine Corps installations.

The Navy will receive 210 megawatts of power from the Mesquite Solar 3 plant, which Sempra will construct beginning this month 60 miles west of Phoenix.

"The collaboration on Mesquite Solar 3 is a triumph of innovative problem ...

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4 Navy Sailors Parachute Off Coronado Bridge; Cited By Police

Four sailors who parachuted off the Coronado Bridge were issued citations, authorities said Thursday.

A San Diego police officer watched as the Navy personnel plunged from the 200-foot-high bridge separating San Diego and Coronado and alerted Harbor police shortly before 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to San Diego police. The sailors had a boat waiting in the San Diego Bay below.

Harbor police officers cited the jumpers and released ...

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Civilian Contractor Admits To Stealing Property From Camp Pendleton

A former civilian contractor admitted Tuesday that he stole thousands of dollars worth of property from the Camp Pendleton Marine Corps base.

James Dean Salmon, 47, is scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 16 in federal court in San Diego.

Salmon, of Escondido, admitted in his plea that he exploited his position as a civilian contractor to cause unnecessary purchases of equipment. In doing so, Salmon would falsely represent functioning equipment ...

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U.S. Coast Guard Announces Record Maritime Cocaine Seizures

U.S. Coast Guard personnel offloaded more than 33 tons of impounded cocaine at the San Diego Harbor waterfront Monday, a record take seized from seafaring traffickers over the last 10 months.

The bales of contraband carried into the bay by the USCG cutter Stratton was part of an overall 119,000 pounds of the illicit drug confiscated by U.S. and allied forces operating in the Eastern Pacific Ocean ...

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USS George Washington Arrives In San Diego

The aircraft carrier USS George Washington arrived Monday in San Diego, where most of the crew will swap places with sailors assigned to the USS Ronald Reagan.

The 10-day switch will start off a complicated swap involving three flattops over the next few months.

The Reagan crew will sail the George Washington around the tip of South America and end up in Virginia, where the vessel will undergo an extended ...

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Lessons Learned From Training Iraqi Troops To Fight ISIS

It's been a year since President Barack Obama sent U.S. advisers to Iraq to help its soldiers fight back against the self-proclaimed Islamic State. Among those still deployed as trainers are Marines from the I Marine Expeditionary Force based at Camp Pendleton.

Lt. Gen. David H. Berger, commanding general of I Marine Expeditionary Force, said the decision to help Iraq in its fight against the Islamic State was ...

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San Diego County Veterans Expo Strives To Handle Volume

San Diego County on Monday sponsored a Veterans, Military and Families Benefit Expo at the War Memorial in Balboa Park.

Educating 1.2 million veterans about their benefits can be challenging, especially since the number of veterans grows so rapidly, organizers said.

"We get between 300 and 500 transitioning service members per month, coming out of the big major military bases here," said Timothy Mathues, senior human resources analyst for ...

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Veterans Affairs Officials Say Improvements Made In San Diego System

San Diego Veterans Affairs officials on Monday said they've made improvements for patients.

The VA San Diego Healthcare System has seven clinics throughout San Diego County and changes have been made since criticism arose of the health care for veterans.

In the past six months, the local agency said it has converted 100 staff parking spaces to patient parking.

"We know we have to ensure that veterans who come ...

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USS San Diego Gets New Commander

The Navy announced Friday that Capt. Carl Meuser assumed command of the amphibious transport dock ship USS San Diego, which is based at its namesake city.

Meuser succeeded Capt. John Menoni in a ceremony Thursday aboard the USS Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum. Menoni, who commanded the San Diego during its maiden deployment, was skipper for about a year and a half.

Meuser, an Oklahoma native, previously commanded the destroyer USS ...

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Oil Leak Caused Marine Jet Crash In Imperial

An oil leak caused a Marine fighter jet to crash in an Imperial neighborhood last year, setting several homes on fire and destroying the aircraft, it was reported Monday.

The AV-8B Harrier went down on June 4, 2014, after a crack in an oil drain tank caused a leak that sparked a fire, engine failure and total loss of flight control, according to a Marine investigative report.

The document was ...

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Navy Announces New Commander For U.S. Third Fleet

Vice Adm. Nora Tyson Friday became the first female commander of the U.S. Third Fleet, succeeding Vice Adm. Kenny Floyd at a ceremony aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan.

Most recently, Tyson was deputy commander of the U.S. Fleet Forces Command.

Previously, the Memphis native commanded the USS George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group on its maiden deployment and was the skipper of the amphibious assault ...

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Last Frigate On West Coast Decommissioned

The last frigate on the West Coast was decommissioned Thursday at Naval Base San Diego at a ceremony attended by former commanders and crew.

The USS Gary returned to San Diego in April from its final deployment, in which it patrolled for drug smugglers off Central America.

The Navy is retiring its frigate fleet in favor of more modern littoral combat ships, which are designed for combat in coastal waters ...

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Navy SEAL, Sailors Injured In Nevada Plane Crash

A small plane crashed near Henderson Executive Airport in Nevada on Sunday, leaving two people critically hurt and two others with minor injuries.

Authorities say the single-engine Piper PA-28 Cherokee crashed around 1:20 p.m. about 3 miles south of the airport.

A fire ignited after the crash, and the plane is a total loss, said Clark County Department of Aviation spokesman Paul Bobson.

All four occupants were transported ...

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975 Homeless Veterans Get Help At San Diego's Stand Down

Volunteers at the 28th annual National Stand Down provided services to 975 homeless veterans, according to Veterans Village of San Diego, which organized the three-day event.

This year also saw higher numbers of women and dependent children in need of help, according to the VVSD.

"Nearly 50 percent of the active-duty military has dependent spouses or children," said VVSD President and CEO Phil Landis. "It is disappointing, but not surprising ...

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Stand Down Event Kicks Off Weekend Of Helping Homeless Veterans

Homeless veterans received food, clothing, medical and dental care as the 28th Stand Down — an annual event to help indigent vets in San Diego — got underway Friday at San Diego High School.

The campus' athletic field transforms into a giant, temporary MASH unit where homeless veterans can securely house their personal possessions and even some of their most precious cargo.

"Currently we have seven cats and 13 dogs in our ...

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