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Following the cruise our group joined for lunch at the Fish House, located on a pier on the bay. With a view of the carriers Reagan and Vinson in the background, good company and great food, what more could we want?
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The next day, January 7, we assembled in a large van that Byron rented so that we could go aboard Naval Base San Diego for a tour of USS William P. Lawrence (DDG 110), a guided missile destroyer of the Arleigh Burke class. The Lawrence is one of the newest ships of the class, having been commissioned 4 June 2011, and more are still being built. We were welcomed aboard by commanding officer CDR C.S. Langhofer and others of his command crew. Lawrence is from the Flight IIA design and as such has two helicopter hangers on deck that can embark two SH-60 LAMPS helicopters. We toured many areas of the ship and experienced the collective protection system whereby positive interior air pressure is maintained along with 100% filtration of intake air. This is to protect against NBC warfare and is accomplished by the use of double air locked hatches. The ship can carry a wide variety of munitions and armaments and has the latest state of the art radar and fire control systems. Lawrence can simultaneously engage in undersea, surface, air and land warfare operations as required by the mission. Pretty impressive. Thank you to USS William P. Lawrence. For those interested in more information about the Lawrence a visit should be made to www.lawrence.navy.mil.
Lunch this day was at Anchors, a restaurant on base but accessible to the public. More good food and good company. From there we got back in the van, and were joined by CAPT Curt Jones, commanding officer of Naval Base San Diego, who accompanied us for a driving tour of the base. It was interesting to see some of the same things from land that we had seen from the water the day before. CAPT Jones explained that the base, virtually a 3,000 acre city unto itself, supports 4000 sailors from the more than 60 ships home ported there. 35,000 people work there and provide housing, medical, recreation, shopping and other services as well as ship repair and maintenance. Part of the base, but at separate locations are Balboa Naval Hospital and regional headquarters facilities across from the downtown waterfront. Depending on criteria used Naval Base San Diego is considered the 1st or 2nd largest base in the world. Upon completion we returned to our cars, said thanks and goodbye to CAPT Jones. More information can be found at www.cnic.navy.mil/SanDiego.