USS Mobile Bay returns home to San Diego after a 7-month deployment

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Another Navy ship returned to its homeport of San Diego. The USS Mobile Bay was on a seven-month deployment.

KUSI Elizabeth Alvarez was live on Good Morning San Diego where she spoke with families awaiting the arrival of their loved ones:

And then again when the sailors were greeted by their loved ones.

There was a whole lot of hugging and kissing going on at Naval Base San Diego Tuesday. Jonathan Mendez sees his baby boy, Grayson, for the very first time. He was born 12 days ago. “I’m excited. I don’t know. Nervous,” said Mendez.

Even for sailors who have been in the Navy for several years, being gone on a deployment, is never easy. Just ask Quartermaster third class Christina Thomas who’s been in the Navy for 6 years. “This was my 1st employment being a mom. It was really hard,” said Thomas.

Thomas and more than 300 other sailors on board the USS Mobile Bay were deployed for 7 months in the indo-pacific and Middle Eastern region. Her husband did a great job keeping the family anchored while she was gone. “Oh man it was hard. But I took care of it, held it down,” said Timothy Thomas.

The Mobile Bay was the last of the John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group to return home.

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