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Family members wait for their loved ones to arrive as the USS George Washington returns to port at Yokosuka Naval Base Dec. 5. The carrier returned from the Phillipines where sailors provided typhoon relief and humanitarian aid.
Family members wait for their loved ones to arrive as the USS George Washington returns to port at Yokosuka Naval Base Dec. 5. The carrier returned from the Phillipines where sailors provided typhoon relief and humanitarian aid. (Trevor Andersen/Stars and Stripes)
Family members wait for their loved ones to arrive as the USS George Washington returns to port at Yokosuka Naval Base Dec. 5. The carrier returned from the Phillipines where sailors provided typhoon relief and humanitarian aid.
Family members wait for their loved ones to arrive as the USS George Washington returns to port at Yokosuka Naval Base Dec. 5. The carrier returned from the Phillipines where sailors provided typhoon relief and humanitarian aid. (Trevor Andersen/Stars and Stripes)
USS George Washington sailors "man the rails" as the carrier pulls in to port at Yokosuka Naval Base, Dec. 5. The sailors stood at parade-rest for more than an hour while their families stood by awaiting their return.
USS George Washington sailors "man the rails" as the carrier pulls in to port at Yokosuka Naval Base, Dec. 5. The sailors stood at parade-rest for more than an hour while their families stood by awaiting their return. (Trevor Andersen/Stars and Stripes)
Sailors from the USS George Washington are greeted by their family members after the ship returned to port at Yokosuka Naval Base, Dec. 5. The carrier returned from the Phillipines where they assisted with typhoon aid.
Sailors from the USS George Washington are greeted by their family members after the ship returned to port at Yokosuka Naval Base, Dec. 5. The carrier returned from the Phillipines where they assisted with typhoon aid. (Trevor Andersen/Stars and Stripes)
Family members wait for their loved ones to arrive as the USS George Washington returns to port at Yokosuka Naval Base Dec. 5. The carrier returned from the Phillipines where sailors provided typhoon relief and humanitarian aid.
Family members wait for their loved ones to arrive as the USS George Washington returns to port at Yokosuka Naval Base Dec. 5. The carrier returned from the Phillipines where sailors provided typhoon relief and humanitarian aid. (Trevor Andersen/Stars and Stripes)
Family members greet USS George Washington sailors as they leave the ship Dec. 5. The carrier returned to port at Yokosuka Naval Base after completing their humanitarian mission in the Phillipines.
Family members greet USS George Washington sailors as they leave the ship Dec. 5. The carrier returned to port at Yokosuka Naval Base after completing their humanitarian mission in the Phillipines. (Trevor Andersen/Stars and Stripes)

YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — The USS George Washington returned to Yokosuka Naval Base on Thursday after completing a lengthy deployment that included a relief aid mission to the Phillipines.

Sailors “manned the rails,” standing at parade-rest along the flight deck of the carrier, as it pulled into port, where families waited to greet them. The ship had been deployed since Sept. 13 and was in Hong Kong on a scheduled port call when Typhoon Haiyan, one of the most powerful storms on record, blasted ashore in the Philippines on Nov. 8.

The George Washington carrier strike group was part of the relief operations after the typhoon devastated a number of communities, killing thousands of people. They brought drinking water, medical supplies and road-clearing equipment, Navy officials said.

The USS George Washington joined the USS Antietam, USS Cowpens, USS Mustin, USNS Charles Drew, USS Emory S. Land, USS Bowditch, USS Lassen and USNS Yukon in the relief effort, the Navy said.

andersen.trevor@stripes.com

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