NORFOLK – More than 4,400 sailors returned to Norfolk Friday after a six-month deployment in the Mediterranean and Arabian seas.
They're assigned to the ships of USS Enterprise Strike Group.
Returning to Naval Station Norfolk along with the Enterprise is USS Leyte Gulf, USS Barry, USS Bulkeley, Carrier Strike Group 12 and Destroyer Squadron 2.
“The first time I got to hear his voice was two days ago,” said Alesia Byers, whose son is on USS Enterprise, “but this is the best day in the world.”
Another ship of the group, USS Mason, will return later this month, the Navy said.
The Navy carried live streaming video of the return on its website Friday morning..
The carrier, commanded by Capt. Dee L. Mewbourne, traveled nearly 60,000 miles after leaving Norfolk on Jan. 13th to support theater security cooperation and maritime security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility.
During the deployment, USS Enterprise held 15 captured pirates responsible for killing four Americans on the private yacht Quest off Oman in February. The remains of the four were also taken aboard the carrier.
The air wing returned home over two days.