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Navy ship San Diego commissioned amid tradition and pomp

The USS San Diego

The ship is new but the order was nearly as old as the U.S. Navy itself, modified only slightly to fit the specifics.

"Officers and crew of San Diego," said Linda Winter, wife of former Navy Secretary Donald Winter, "for our families, for our friends, for the city of San Diego and for our nation: Man our ship and bring her to life."

And with that, as the crowd cheered and the Navy band struck up "Anchors Aweigh," sailors and Marines sprinted aboard the newest ship in the San Antonio-class of amphibious transport dock ship, the San Diego.

 As a crowd of 6,000 on Navy Pier watched, a new chapter of the century-old relationship between the city of San Diego and the Navy had begun.


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Photo: Sailors and Marines man the rails of the San Diego. Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

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