Photo: USS Dwight D. Eisenhower brings thousands of sailors home for New Year

Many hugs and kisses were shared on pier 14 of Naval Station Norfolk Friday morning as more than 6,000 sailors aboard the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group returned home from a seven-month deployment.

The seven-ship strike group spent their deployment in the Mediterranean and Red seas, as well as the Arabian Gulf. They performed “continuous combat operations,” including aviation strikes against the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq, Admiral Phil Davidson said during a press conference.

The deployment wasn’t easy. The USS Mason defended itself and other American ships against cruise missiles while they were in the Red Sea on Oct. 9, and the USS Nitze performed a Tomahawk strike against radar sites on the Yemeni coast, according to a United States Navy press release.

“A Navy homecoming is very special,” Davidson said. “They demonstrated flexibility… and the relevance of Naval forces.”

For more about the ship’s homecoming, read the story online.

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