SAN DIEGO - After seven months out at sea, the fast attack nuclear submarine USS San Francisco returned home to San Diego on Friday.
An extended deployment to the western Pacific finally came to an end for the 140 member crew. Crew members were welcomed by a sea of smiles, hugs and tears upon arrival.
"I won't believe he's home until he comes off the ship," said Francesca Cox, waiting for her husband, Andrew.
As is the nature of the silent service, the sub's mission is closely guarded, but port visits included Japan, Guam and South Korea.
The homecoming was delayed by two and a half weeks as the deployment was unexpectedly extended.
"It was overwhelming at times, but it's all worth it to see him," said Allison Christofk, holding a newborn as she greeted her husband, Lt. Clint Christofk.
The USS San Francisco is among five other Los Angeles-class submarines that call Naval Base Point Loma home.
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