The morning sea fog cleared for nice weather and a visit to San Diego’s port and harbor area on Saturday afternoon. Above is the U.S.S. Midway at the Navy Pier in downtown San Diego, California.
The U.S.S. Midway, an aircraft carrier, was the lead ship of its class in the United States Navy. The United States Ship was named the Midway after a decisive battle in the Pacific for the Allied Forces during World War II. The Navy’s aircraft carrier is the 41st aircraft carrier built and has the number 41 on it. It’s length is more than 3 football fields long. The U.S.S. Midway was commissioned a week after World War II began in 1945 and served for 47 years. The crew was 200 aviators, 4,300 others, 650 ship engineers, 30 corpsman, 40 commanders and 3 chaplains during its years of active service.
The aircraft carrier also was deployed during the Vietnam War. The Midway was the Navy’s flagship during the Persian Gulf War and Operation Desert Storm in 1991. The U.S.S. Midway was decommissioned in 1992. Today it is an historic tribute and maritime museum. The U.S.S. Midway also is San Diego’s most popular tourist destination, according to Trip Advisor.
The San Diego harbor early Friday evening. The city’s 2016 population is 3.3 million. San Diego county is the fifth largest in the United States. 34.3 million visitors come here, according to the San Diego Tourist Authority. People also come here to for the nice weather and to visit the San Diego Zoo, miles of beaches, Balboa Park, Old Town and the University of California San Diego.