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May 24, 1969 – May
On behalf of the Reunion
Committee, it is with great pleasure to announce our 2019 USS San Diego Reunion. We invite all Shipmates and family from AFS-6,
T-AFS-6, Air Detachments, and USS San Diego CL-53 & USS San Diego LPD-22 to join in celebrating the 50th Anniversary of
2019 USS San Diego Reunion will be held May 23-25, 2019 in Norfolk, VA. We will be located at the Sheraton Waterside Hotel
on the Elizabeth River and just steps away from the Waterside Marketplace, featuring many specialty shops, restaurants, and
entertainment venues. Town Point Park is nearby and is a beautiful spot to enjoy panoramic river views, or explore one of
the many nearby museums and memorials, including the MacArthur Memorial, The USS Wisconsin Battleship, and the Chrysler Museum
of Art, History and Culture.
reunion begins on Thursday evening with our Welcome Reception, which will be held at The Harbor Club on the 2nd floor of the
Waterside Market Place which overlooks the Elizabeth River.
For those that want to go back to sea, our Friday’s event is a 3-Hour Tour on board the Three Masted Top Sail
Schooner “American Rover”. Her design is inspired by the 19th Century Cargo Schooners that once sailed the waters
of the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Seaboard.
Then on Saturday, our
day begins touring the Norfolk Naval Base that includes lunch at Vista Point Conference Center that overlooks the bay. We
will then honor our fallen shipmates with our Memorial Service at the base chapel.
On Saturday evening we will hold our
formal banquet where we will celebrate our ships 50th Anniversary of the USS San Diego (AFS-6) Commissioning. Our evening
will bring our shipmates together in honoring a great ship and crew, enjoy a great dinner, have a few laughs, and special
presentations! In other words, we are having a party!!!!
We look forward to seeing everyone at the reunion!
2019 USS San Diego Reunion
May 23, 2019
May 24, 1969 –
USS San Diego (AFS-6) is commissioned in San Diego, California. On that historic day, shipmates received orders to man the
rails and bring the ship to life. 50 years later, shipmates from that event along with shipmates that followed will gather
to celebrate the ship’s 50th Anniversary, to honor a great ship and fellow shipmates!
Our 2019 reunion begins with our Welcome Reception on Thursday evening,
50 years to the date of our ship’s commissioning. We will host our event at The Harbor Club located on the 2nd floor
of the Waterside District Marketplace from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm with a light menu.
The Harbor Club, located just a short walk from The Sheraton, is inside
the Waterside District Marketplace and has fantastic views of the Elizabeth River and surrounding area. Norfolk’s premier
dining and entertainment district is a central place where you can hang out, dine and relax with your whole family. Waterside
District features the best of national, regional and local restaurants and offers live music, festivals and more. Located
in the heart of the central business district and adjacent to the City of Norfolk’s world-class waterfront and festival
site, Waterside District is a great gathering place for all to enjoy.
Afterwards, our Hospitality
Suite will be open till 11:00 pm for those that want to meet new shipmates and catch up on old times.
For those shipmates that are driving downtown, The Waterside Garage located directly across the street offers self-parking
fee of $1.50 per hour, and valet parking for $7.00 per vehicle.
USS San Diego Reunion Tour
Friday May 24, 2019 / 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
American Rover Sailing Cruise
Our Friday Tour takes us back to sea,
well not the open sea but a narrated tour of the sights and history of Norfolk along the Elizabeth River and Hampton Roads
Harbor, including the Norfolk Naval Base. No cruise would be complete without “Chow” as boxed lunches will be
served. All lunches include Choice of Sandwich, Chips, Pickle and Cookie. Drinks are available for purchase from American
The American Rover’s
professional staff and licensed Captain will ensure a memorable event, and don’t forget your camera.
We are chartering the American Rover for our tour
and have only 110 available spaces on board. So don’t delay in registering!
Double Click on the Above Picture
to be Taken to the
USS San Diego
25, 2019 / 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
No Reunion in
Norfolk would be complete without visiting the Norfolk Naval Base. Norfolk is proud to be
the home of the world’s largest Naval
Station. On the guided tour, you’ll see
aircraft carriers, destroyers, amphibious assault ships, auxiliary supply ships
and learn about the history of Naval Station Norfolk, including historic homes
from the 1907 Jamestown Exposition.
Naval Station Norfolk's mission is to support and
improve the personnel and logistics readiness of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet. The
Norfolk naval base provides seaport,
airport, and squadron facilities, quality of life, and personnel management
base we will take time to honor our fallen shipmates with our Memorial Service
at the Base Chapel. Our memorial
services honor those from Three Ship’s Named SAN DIEGO, CL-53 / AFS-6 /
stop is Vista Point Conference Center where we will have lunch before returning
to the hotel. Vista Point is located on
base near the Carrier Piers and overlooks Hampton Roads Harbor.
A picture ID is required for all adults over the age
San Diego Reunion
Sheraton Waterside Hotel
Sheraton Waterside Direct at (757) 622-6664,
must request rate for USS San Diego Reunion!