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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.

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)

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.

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)

A boy waits for his father on the aircraft carrier USS George Washington at Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan Aug. 8.

A boy waits for his father on the aircraft carrier USS George Washington at Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan Aug. 8. (James Kimber/Stars and Stripes)

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.

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)

A wife smiles at the site of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington on Aug. 8, 2014. The aircraft carrier returned to Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan, after spending almost four months at sea.

A wife smiles at the site of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington on Aug. 8, 2014. The aircraft carrier returned to Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan, after spending almost four months at sea. (James Kimber/Stars and Stripes)

A wife holds a sign for her husband at the pier of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington on Aug. 8, 2014. The aircraft carrier returned to Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan after spending almost four months at sea.

A wife holds a sign for her husband at the pier of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington on Aug. 8, 2014. The aircraft carrier returned to Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan after spending almost four months at sea. (James Kimber/Stars and Stripes)

USS George Washington at Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan, Aug. 8, 2014. The aircraft carrier returned to its Japanese host city after spending almost 4 months at sea.

USS George Washington at Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan, Aug. 8, 2014. The aircraft carrier returned to its Japanese host city after spending almost 4 months at sea. (James Kimber/Stars and Stripes)

USS George Washington at Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan, Aug. 8, 2014. The aircraft carrier returned to its Japanese host city after spending nearly four months at sea.

USS George Washington at Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan, Aug. 8, 2014. The aircraft carrier returned to its Japanese host city after spending nearly four months at sea. (James Kimber/Stars and Stripes)

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.

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)

A boatswai''s mate barks orders from the aircraft carrier USS George Washington to linehandlers on the pier at Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan Aug. 8, 2014.

A boatswai''s mate barks orders from the aircraft carrier USS George Washington to linehandlers on the pier at Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan Aug. 8, 2014. (James Kimber/Stars and Stripes)

Family members and friends wait for their loved ones stationed on the aircraft carrier USS George Washington at Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan, on Aug. 8, 2014.

Family members and friends wait for their loved ones stationed on the aircraft carrier USS George Washington at Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan, on Aug. 8, 2014. (James Kimber/Stars and Stripes)

A young sailor from the USS George Washington finds her mother in the crowd on the aircraft carrier's pier at Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan, on Aug. 8, 2014.

A young sailor from the USS George Washington finds her mother in the crowd on the aircraft carrier's pier at Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan, on Aug. 8, 2014. (James Kimber/Stars and Stripes)

A sailor from USS George Washington is reunited with his daughters on the pier of the aircraft carrier at Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan, on Aug. 8, 2014.

A sailor from USS George Washington is reunited with his daughters on the pier of the aircraft carrier at Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan, on Aug. 8, 2014. (James Kimber/Stars and Stripes)

A sailor from USS George Washington is reunited with his family on the pier of the aircraft carrier at Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan, on Aug. 8, 2014.

A sailor from USS George Washington is reunited with his family on the pier of the aircraft carrier at Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan, on Aug. 8, 2014. (James Kimber/Stars and Stripes)

USS George Washington sailors haul a small boat off the aircraft carrier and onto the pier at Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan, on Aug. 8, 2014.

USS George Washington sailors haul a small boat off the aircraft carrier and onto the pier at Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan, on Aug. 8, 2014. (James Kimber/Stars and Stripes)

A sailor from USS George Washington is reunited with his daughter on the pier of the aircraft carrier at Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan, on Aug. 8, 2014.

A sailor from USS George Washington is reunited with his daughter on the pier of the aircraft carrier at Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan, on Aug. 8, 2014. (James Kimber/Stars and Stripes)

A sailor from USS George Washington is reunited with his daughters on the pier of the aircraft carrier at Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan, on Aug. 8, 2014.

A sailor from USS George Washington is reunited with his daughters on the pier of the aircraft carrier at Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan, on Aug. 8, 2014. (James Kimber/Stars and Stripes)

A young girl waits on the pier at Yokosuka Naval Base, Japan, on Aug. 8, 2014. Her father, who is is stationed on the aircraft carrier USS George Washington, was returning after four months at sea.

A young girl waits on the pier at Yokosuka Naval Base, Japan, on Aug. 8, 2014. Her father, who is is stationed on the aircraft carrier USS George Washington, was returning after four months at sea. (James Kimber/Stars and Stripes)

Family members and friends wait for their loved ones stationed on the aircraft carrier USS George Washington at Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan, on Aug. 8, 2014.

Family members and friends wait for their loved ones stationed on the aircraft carrier USS George Washington at Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan, on Aug. 8, 2014. (James Kimber/Stars and Stripes)

A sailor from USS George Washington hauls a line on the pier of the aircraft carrier at Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan, on Aug. 8, 2014.

A sailor from USS George Washington hauls a line on the pier of the aircraft carrier at Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan, on Aug. 8, 2014. (James Kimber/Stars and Stripes)

A wife waits to go home with her husband, who is stationed aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington, at Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan Aug. 8, 2014. Many family members on pier waited for several hours in the muggy 90-degree weather to see their loved ones return from a four-month deployment.

A wife waits to go home with her husband, who is stationed aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington, at Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan Aug. 8, 2014. Many family members on pier waited for several hours in the muggy 90-degree weather to see their loved ones return from a four-month deployment. (James Kimber/Stars and Stripes)

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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