USS San Diego returns to sea fully mission capable
The USS San Diego (LPD 22), part of the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), returned to sea completely task capable on March 11, according to US Central Command.
When approximately twenty Sailors and embarked Marines tested positive for COVID-19, San Diego was pierside in the Kingdom of Bahrain for a scheduled logistics and repair port call.
The port visit and medical assistance were arranged with the Bahrain Ministry of Health and the host nation's government.
All staff who tested positive for COVID-19 or who were marked as near contacts on board were isolated while pierside. The ship's medical facilities are extensive, with medical personnel on board, operating rooms, a 24-bed hospital ward, and additional overflow space.
The San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock USS San Diego (LPD-22) is the fourth ship in the US Navy to bear the name of San Diego, California.
The ship was designed to provide the US Navy and US Marine Corps with new, sea-based platforms that are networked, survivable, and built to work with 21st-century transformational platforms like the MV-22 Osprey, the (since canceled) Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle (EFV), air-cushioned landing craft (LCACs), and potential means of delivering marines ashore. The ship is more than 45 percent larger than the Austin class, with a maximum load displacement of more than 25,000 tons.
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