USS Spruance and USS Stockdale return to homeport after a nearly 8-month deployment
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Hundreds of sailors are enjoying dinner with their families tonight after having been away at sea for nearly eight months. Monday morning, the USS Stockdale and the USS Spruance returned to their homeport at Naval Base San Diego.
KUSI’S Elizabeth Alvarez was talking to families awaiting the arrival of their loved ones live on Good Morning San Diego when the USS Spruance arrived.
You could feel the emotion even before the USS Spruance docked at Pier 13. Just as the Arleigh Burke-Class Guided-Missile Destroyer pulled in, there were tears and cheers.
350 sailors were home after a nearly eight month deployment to the Indo-Pacific and Middle Eastern regions.
It was a beautiful sight to see as they “manned the rails.”
While on deployment, the sailors participated in multiple exercises with international allies to strengthen relationships while maintaining combat readiness.
In true Navy fashion, one lucky sailor got off the ship first for the ceremonial first kiss.
“We’re so excited we’re so happy to have him home. My daughter’s missed him,” said Brenda Cuddy.
And then there’s those sailors whose babies were born while out at sea like Vhlake Abangan, who introduced his baby to us. “This is Alexander Ray Abangan, born Nov. 7th right when I cross the International Date Line” he said.
So did BM2, USN, Mark Sturge. “Even before I left the ship, it was pure happiness, pure bliss. It was crazy just knowing I get to see my daughter for the first time. Honestly the best feeling I’ve ever felt,” Sturge excitedly said.