Family, friends welcome USS George Washington sailors

A young child waits for dad, stationed on the aircraft carrier USS George Washington for four months, at Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan, on Aug. 8, 2014.

YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — The aircraft carrier USS George Washington returned home Friday after almost four months at sea.

The carrier and its embarked air wing brought more than 5,000 sailors back to the naval city located on the Miura Peninsula for a scheduled maintenance period and to provide the crew a few weeks of rest and relaxation before departing again for the fall.

While deployed, the Washington visited Hong Kong, Singapore, Busan, South Korea and Sasebo, Japan, as well as hosting Malaysian, New Zealand, Korean, Indian and Japanese officials. The crew also celebrated the promotions of 288 sailors, including 13 to senior chief petty officer.

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