NORFOLK - Many comings and goings Monday at Naval Station Norfolk.
The weather was fine for the departure of USS Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group. The crews were supposed to have deployed Friday but were delayed because of the potential for high winds and rough seas.
The group will go to North Carolina to pick up the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit at Camp Lejeune, N.C.
The deployment is part of a regular rotation of forces to support maritime security operations, provide crisis response capability, and increase theater security cooperation and forward naval presence in the U.S. Navy's 5th and 6th Fleet areas of operation.
The ARG ships are Norfolk-based USS Kearsarge and amphibious transport dock USS San Antonio and amphibious dock landing ship USS Carter Hall from Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story.
As USS San Antonio left, she passed another ship coming home.
USS Laboon and her crew of 35 Officers and 240 Sailors left last July 11 for duty in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea.
An anxious crowd was waiting pierside to see loved ones in person for the first time in eight months.
A multi-mission ship, Laboon can conduct sustained combat operations in air, surface, submarine, ballistic missile, and strike warfare environments.