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San Diego's team supports San Diego's ship

Posted May 21, 2012

San Diego has a new Navy warship named in its honor – the USS San Diego – and the San Diego Chargers were one of the key sponsors of the Commissioning ceremonies over the weekend.

Chargers President Dean Spanos was on hand Friday night at the Chairman’s Reception for the Commissioning ceremonies and presented Captain Kevin Meyers, commander of the ship, with a #22 jersey with USS SAN DIEGO on the nameplate. Twenty-two is the ship’s number. Spanos also presented Meyers with a Chargers flag to be flown on ship.
“It’s an honor for me to represent the Chargers and present these small tokens of our support to the ship that carries our City’s name,” said Spanos. “I hope this jersey and flag will serve as constant reminders that the Chargers and San Diego are always with them in spirit.”
The USS San Diego is the fourth Navy warship named after San Diego, though it’s the first to be home-ported. The 678-foot vessel is largely a Marine transport, capable of carrying up to 800 Marines and a naval crew of 360. It also can carry tanks and helicopters, and its distinctive look, featuring twin masts hidden in gray cones, is meant to reduce its radar signature.

Chargers continue to help homeless

The Chargers have provided food and other essentials to those in need every Thursday evening in Downtown San Diego for more than 14 years. With the support and urging of Spanos, Chargers Director of Security Dick Lewis has kept the program going and growing.

Lewis and kicker Nick Novak were on hand last Thursday evening at the Salvation Army providing food and helping to hand out its annual “Doing the Most Good” Awards.

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