NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - Navy families welcomed USS Nicholas back to Norfolk Thursday morning.
View photos from the homecoming here.
The guided-missile frigate has been deployed for six months in the Caribbean Sea and Eastern Pacific Ocean. In support of Operation Martillo, the crew's mission was to stop people suspected of smuggling drugs into Central America and eventually to the United States.
On Tuesday, the Nicholas and the Coast Guard offloaded more than 7,500 pounds of cocaine in Jacksonville, Florida. The Navy says that will keep about 7.2 million doses of cocaine off the streets in the U.S. They also offloaded about 240 pounds of marijuana.
WAVY.com was at Naval Station Norfolk when the Nicholas deployed in January. Commanding Officer CDR Steve Fuller said then he was proud of the crew and the mission they were about to take part in.
"We're doing important work," said Fuller in January. "You know, we're helping out the policemen in many respects by keeping the drugs off the street before they even get to the streets."
The Nicholas' crew seized a total of 16,000 pounds of cocaine and 500 pounds of marijuana during the deployment. The Navy says that amount of drugs is worth more than $515 million.
The Navy says the crew also captured 14 suspected drug smugglers.
Each Hampton fire station got a new pet oxygen mask, courtesy of Invisible Fence Brand of Hampton Roads.
A Newport News man is wanted in connection to a shooting in Hampton over the weekend.
Norfolk Police need help identifying two suspects who tried to rob a tobacco store Friday afternoon.