USS Sterett
The USS Sterett leaves San Diego on Tuesday. Navy photo

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Sterett is returning to San Diego just a day after it left because of an unspecified “engineering casualty,” the Navy reported Wednesday.

The ship left Tuesday along with the USS Dewey to join the USS Wasp amphibious ready group in the Indo-Pacific region.

The Navy said the ship was returning “to assess the casualty” and would rejoin the Dewey after repairs.

Navy maintenance and training have been effected by the lack of a formal military budget for the past two years amid Congressional infighting.

Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.