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.

James Kimber/Stars and Stripes

By JAMES KIMBER | STARS AND STRIPES Published: August 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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Linehandlers meet on the pier of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington August 8, 2014 at Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan. The Navy's only forward-deployed aircraft carrier returned to Japan after spending nearly four months at sea.
James Kimber/Stars and Stripes


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