The USS San Diego arrives in its namesake port Friday.
The amphibious transport ship will be based in San Diego after having stopped at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and Cartagena, the Navy announced.
“For many of my crew, the sail around to San Diego has been something they’ve longed for,” said the ship's Commander Kevin Meyers in a statement. “We want to reunite with our families, to become an operational warship of the fleet and to proudly represent the Navy with the city’s namesake.”
Two other ships in the same class are also based in San Diego: the Green Bay and the New Orleans.
NBC7 San Diego's military reporter Lea Sutton will be aboard the USS San Diego as it arrives home.
The ship passed through the Panama Canal before arriving in San Diego at about 7 a.m. Friday morning. At 10 a.m., the ship is expected to pass under the Coronado bridge. Navy officials expect to disembark at about 11 a.m.
For more pictures of the USS San Diego, check out the photo album posted to the ship's Facebook page.
Check back for more information and pictures of the homecoming.
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