Three Carrier Groups, 13,500 Sailors Headed Back to Virginia


The Norfolk Naval Station will be the scene of a lot of joyful reunions over the coming week.

Three aircraft carriers, their support ships and more than 13,500 sailors are coming home over four days starting Friday.

The USS George Washington deployed six months ago to support the Iraq war. The USS Enterprise and USS Harry S. Truman left in early June to participate in an exercise to show the Navy can dispatch multiple carriers quickly.

The Enterprise strike group will be the first to return to Norfolk Naval Station, on Friday, followed by the Truman on Sunday and the George Washington on Monday.

Each carrier's aircraft will fly home to various bases the day before the ship returns.

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