The future USS San Diego is en route to its home port after leaving the Huntington Ingalls shipyard in Mississippi yesterday, according to the Navy.
The USS San Diego is slated to arrive in San Diego next month, but first it will make its way through the Panama Canal. The Navy will officially commission the vessel as the USS San Diego in May 2012.
USS San Diego's prospective commanding officer, Cmdr. Kevin Meyers, told the ship's public affairs office:
Meyers is the USS San Diego's second prospective commanding officer. The first, Cmdr. Jon Haydel, was fired as CO by the Navy on March 14th, and is currently under investigation for alleged personal misconduct. According to the Stars and Stripes, Haydel is one of more than 150 Naval commanding officers fired for misconduct in the last decade.