NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - A warship that was on standby in the Mediterranean Sea to unload a U.S. military strike on Syria returned to Norfolk Friday.
The USS Mahan pulled into Naval Station Norfolk Friday afternoon after an eight and a half month deployment that put its name in headlines around the world.
"We answered, as you all know, a presidential order," said Comander Zoah Scheneman, the Mahan's commanding officer. "We're always forward deployed -- ready to answer any call that's ever given to us. It's very transparent, always very ready to do what we're trained to do in any contingency."
The ship's deputy operations officer, Lieutenant Hunter Washburn, echoed that sentiment.
"Everybody worked hard, but at the end of the day, we brought everybody home, which is all we could hope for," Washburn said.
WAVY's Ava Hurdle was pier-side for the homecoming and said "relief" is one word that sums up the feeling among crew members, family and friends now that the guided missile destroyer is safely home.
"We were worried quite a while they would not be back as early as they came back," said Washburn's wife, Jenny. "It's just nice to have him home and have some help now."
Along with the homecoming was a promotion for some of the 275 sailors that crewed the ship. A pinning ceremony for newly promoted chiefs was held at the pier after the ship's arrival.
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