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Families welcome home San Diego-based sailors after seven-month deployment

Posted at 11:52 AM, May 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-20 14:52:37-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Several new fathers met their babies for the first time Monday morning as the USS Spruance returned home from a seven-month deployment.

Families waited at Naval Base San Diego ready to show their loved ones how much they have been missed over the months.

Both the USS Spruance and USS Stockdale were scheduled to return to their homeport in San Diego after a deployment to the U.S. 7th Fleet and 5th Fleet areas of operations as part of the John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group.

The USS Spruance arrived in the morning, while the USS Stockdale is scheduled to return later in the afternoon.

A Navy spokesperson said while on deployment about 700 sailors from both ships participated in many exercises with international allies in the Indo-Pacific and Middle Eastern regions.

The Navy says the goal is to strengthen global relations and partnerships while maintaining combat readiness.