San Diego-based Navy ships return from deployment

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - A San Diego-based Naval ship returned from deployment Tuesday, with two other ships set to return later this week.

The USS Howard returned the San Diego Tuesday morning after a six-month deployment, as part of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz strike group. The USS Nimitz and escorts are based in Washington state but will stop over in San Diego.

The three San Diego-based ships left town on June 5.

The strike group conducted strikes against Islamic State targets in the Middle East and trained with naval allies while deployed. In October, the Howard was involved with the rescue of three Iranian sailors who were reportedly attacked by pirates.

The USS Pinckney and USS Princeton are set to arrive later this week.

The littoral combat ship USS Coronado is also scheduled to return from its 18-month deployment this week. Sailors aboard the Coronado have been gone since April.

10News' Mary McKenzie was live at the Howard's return:

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