USS Leyte Gulf returns to Norfolk after 9-month deployment


NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — The U.S. Navy ship USS Leyte Gulf returned to Norfolk Saturday following a nine-month deployment in the U.S. 6th and 5th Fleet areas of operation.

Hundreds of sailors who were on the USS Leyte Gulf are now back with their families after 9 months at sea.

Ten On Your Side was pier-side as the ship returned to Naval Station Norfolk.

The gloomy, rainy weather didn’t seem to bother the families or the sailors on the USS Leyte Gulf. After being on deployment for 9 months, the families were ready to reunite.

For some, coming home meant seeing a new baby for the first time. For others deployments are something they’re used to.

“Today is about being with family so I have my wife and two daughters here and its been a long cruise so there’s a lot of emotions as you come back home,” said Captain William Musser.  

He says they deployed to the Mediterranean and the middle east to contribute to the security and safety around the world.

“We transited into the middle east area of operations and spent the preponderance of our deployment in the middle east so we did security operations inside the Arabian Gulf and the Arabian sea.” 

The Ticonderoga class guided-missile cruiser left March 27 as part of the Carrier Strike Group 12 to support maritime stability and security.

During the last nine months, Leyte Gulf took part in several “interoperability and partnership-building exercises” with sister services and other allied navies.

The ship traveled more than 50,000 nautical miles and went to the Strait of Gibraltar, the Suez Canal, the Bab-el Mandeb, and the Strait of Hormuz.

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