Aboard the USS San Diego

Photos by Richard Lieberman

The USS San Diego, is a US Navy amphibious transport dock ship. It was open to the press on media day at Naval Base Ventura County. This 684-foot-long ship can accommodate four CH-46 Sea Knight helicopters, and two LCAC’s (air cushioned landing boats), it can also carry two MV-22 Ospreys that land and takeoff like a helicopter. The ship’s crew is 380 Sailors (29 officers, 351 enlisted) and 3 Marines. The embarked landing force is 699 and a medical ward with 24 beds. The ship is designed to land service personel and equipment ashore for various missions. During combat it would be in a group of warships. The ship was at Naval Base Ventura County for a few days to accomplish crew training exercises.




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