NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - Some local Navy families will goodbye to their sailors this week, as they deploy.
The USS Nicholas was the first to leave, deploying Tuesday. The guided-missile frigate headed out on a regularly scheduled deployment to South America.
The crew is preparing to become combatents in the war on drugs.
USS Nicholas Commanding Officer CDR Steve Fuller said, "We're doing important work. Like I said, you know we're helping out the policemen and many respects by keeping the drugs off the street before they even get to the streets."
"What we're seeing with the drug runners is they bring in a lot of money. Ah, some of that money gets funneled to terrorist," Fuller added.
On Wednesday, the USS Elrod will also deploy.
Elrod, another guided-missile frigate will be conducting an independent deployment to the Caribbean Sea in support of Counter-Illicit Trafficking Operations.
A Suffolk man told police an HVAC system weighing about three tons was stolen from his property sometime last week.
A Newport News mother was arrested in York County for drug charges while she was with her children, according to the York-Poquoson Sheriff's Office.
Sgt. Chris Meier with Smithfield Police confirmed a sexual assault took place at the Smithfield Foods packing plant last month.