USS Tortuga docked at its new homeport in Virginia Beach

Posted at 3:26 PM, Oct 22, 2013
and last updated 2013-10-22 15:26:56-04

The USS Tortuga is docked at its new homeport at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek Fort Story in Virginia Beach.

The crew of the Tortuga is the former USS Ashland crew.

The sailors are returning following a four-month deployment and hull swap with the Ashland in Japan.

It's part of the Navy's plan to routinely exchange older ships with newer, more efficient ships.