NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — The Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Albany returned to its homeport at Naval Station Norfolk Wednesday, following a 6-month deployment.

The USS Albany was deployed to the U.S. European Command area where it performed the chief of naval operations’ maritime strategy by supporting national security interests and maritime security operations.

As the coronavirus pandemic spread, the 360-foot submarine continued to work.

While deployed, Albany traveled about 36,000 nautical miles with the crew supporting diplomatic relationships by visiting ports in Spain, France and Scotland.

“Our loved ones at home held the front lines against an unseen threat while we were out performing our mission. I am happy to be back home with my family,”

Command Master Chief (Submarine) Dustin Rushing, Albany’s chief of the boat.

Amy Rushing, the wife of Dustin Rushing, is happy to have her husband home from his sixth 6-month deployment.

“No matter the time as a Navy submariner family, no matter the number of deployments and underways, you never get used to this life,” said Rushing.

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