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Navy ship to stay in San Diego because a sailor has swine flu

May 5, 2009 |  6:54 pm


The Navy has canceled a medical mission by the San Diego-based ship Dubuque to the South Pacific after a sailor was diagnosed with the swine flu.

The amphibious transport docking ship, with a crew of 400, was set to leave June 1 to take doctors, veterinarians, dentists and engineers to Kiribati, the Marshall Islands, Samoa, the Solomon Islands and Tonga as part of a program called Pacific Partnership.

The Navy is exploring other options, including possibly assigning a different ship to the mission. The Dubuque was to be the only ship on the mission.

—Tony Perry

Photo: The Dubuque beneath the Coronado-Bay Bridge in San Diego Bay. Credit: U.S. Navy