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Three Destroyers Slated To Leave San Diego Monday Morning

Photo credit: U.S. Navy

Ships and aircraft assigned to the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 11 operate in formation in the South China Sea in 2010.

Three U.S. Navy destroyers - USS Stockdale, USS Higgins, and USS William P. Lawrence - are slated to leave San Diego this morning for a deployment to the Persian Gulf.

According to a Navy news release, the three destroyers are part of the Nimitz Strike Group Surface Action Group (SAG).

The three San Diego-based destroyers are set to join a fourth destroyer in the SAG, the USS Shoup, which has already left its homeport in Washington state.

U-T San Diego reports the deployment will last at least six months:

[M]ost of which will likely be spent in the Persian Gulf region.

The USS Nimitz, which used to be based in San Diego, is now homeported in Washington state. It was supposed to deploy this month. However, last November, the Navy announced there would be a delay in that deployment...

[A]s the result of an emergent maintenance requirement for USS Nimitz.

The problems with the USS Nimitz have not affected the Nimitz Strike Group SAG deployment, according to the Navy.

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