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thedrifter
01-22-08, 07:30 PM
USS Kearsarge strike group sailing back to Va.

Posted: Jan 22, 2008 04:57 PM

Updated: Jan 22, 2008 04:57 PM

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) -- The USS Kearsarge Expeditionary Strike Group and its 6,000 sailors and Marines are sailing back to Virginia.

The Norfolk-based amphibious assault ship and its strike group have been on a nearly six-month deployment. Part of Kearsarge's deployment included helping cyclone victims in Bangladesh.

The Navy announced Tuesday the USS Porter, a guided-missile destroyer, and the Carr, a guided-missile cruiser, will return Friday to Norfolk.

The Ponce, an amphibious transport dock ship, and the Gunston Hall, a dock landing ship from Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek in Virginia Beach, will pull in next Tuesday.

The Kearsarge is scheduled to arrive pierside on February 1st.

Ellie