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Thousands of sailors return to Hampton Roads

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Posted at 12:37 PM, Dec 18, 2012
and last updated 2012-12-18 13:50:12-05

Nothing like a homecoming just in time for the holidays.

Thousands of sailors and airmen will return to Hampton Roads, starting Tuesday.

About 60 aircraft and more than 160 personnel from Carrier Air Wing Seven - aboard the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower - returned to Oceana Tuesday.

They're returning earlier than scheduled in order to complete flight deck resurfacing on the Eisenhower.

The USS Eisenhower and its sailors will be home Wednesday.

Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group to return Dec. 18th and 20th
USS Dwight D. Eisenhower to return to Norfolk Dec. 19th

The ship will then head back out on a shorter deployment. The Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group is also coming home.

The Gunston Hall will arrive at Little Creek on Tuesday - and the USS Iwo Jima and USS  New York will pull into Norfolk on Thursday.