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The Navy in San Diego

The Navy in San Diego

Bruce Linder

Language: English

Pages: 128

ISBN: B0099I8L14

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


San Diego has never been afraid to call itself a "Navy Town," and the positive and inspiring link between the navy and the city knows no equal across the country. For over 150 years, beginning with the U.S. Navy's capture of the city for the United States in the opening days of the Mexican War, the navy has been an indelible part of San Diego's lifestyle, culture, and vitality. Not only has the navy formed the bedrock of the region's economy, but it has helped shape the population while endowing the city with a sense of international and cosmopolitan awareness that separates San Diego from many other cities of its size. San Diego and its navy enjoy a special relationship, one deeply rooted in historic perspective that renews itself with each
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lane” off San Clemente Island. (Naval Historical Center.) Showing the civic spirit that has always defined the San Diego–U.S. Navy relationship, the city sponsored a “San Diego Salutes the Troops” parade in May 1991 to honor all veterans, especially those who were returning from Operation Desert Storm. Here a navy color guard leads a formation of sailors down Broadway. (U.S. Navy.) Eight THE CARRIERS No class of ship aligns with San Diego’s ethos as well as the aircraft carrier. From the

ASW carrier designations. (San Diego Air & Space Museum.) San Diego’s carrier legacy is well documented in this December 1955 photograph, which captures six different carriers moored at North Island. Destroyer tenders and nests of destroyers were a common practice in the bay until the 1970s. (U.S. Navy.) Independence represented the first generation of supercarriers to be introduced into the navy after World War II. Choosing San Diego as a home port for these large carriers (beginning in the

(UDT) began experimenting with long-range helicopter insertion and extraction of frogmen as early as 1951, and that training continues today. A Sikorsky HUS-1 helicopter from Ream Field’s HU-1 helicopter squadron practices with UDT members in San Diego Bay c. 1956 to help perfect this technique. (U.S. Navy/NSWC.) The Mark V and other special operations craft are frequently seen training in San Diego Bay and off the Silver Strand, and are used by navy SEALs and special warfare combatants–craft

Island, New York. San Diego sank in 28 minutes, but with the deaths of only six men, she was the only major warship lost by the United States during the war. An impressive Bureau of Ships model of San Diego and artifacts collected from the wreck can be viewed today at the Maritime Museum of San Diego. (U.S. Navy.) This photograph shows members of the San Diego Naval Militia in 1903 or 1904, probably aboard their training ship, Alert. (Maritime Museum of San Diego.) The sleek destroyer Perry,

shore support for its newly modernized forces first became apparent, the navy’s design for the West Coast favored its longtime presence in San Francisco Bay or a new base in Puget Sound, Washington, with little consideration for the small town of San Diego with its perilously shallow bay. The navy politely listened to San Diego lobbying but focused its attention on other alternatives, such as Honolulu and San Pedro. Even after World War I, when a wartime glut of ships had to be distributed to a

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