Over 4,000 Sailors, Marines return home on Christmas Eve

Posted at 9:19 PM, Dec 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-25 20:44:23-05

NORFOLK, Va. – Rainy and cold weather did not stop families from coming out to Naval Station Norfolk to welcome Sailors and Marines home serving aboard the USS Wasp.

Many families were excited for the Christmas Eve return, and some Sailors were meeting family members for the first time.

The USS Wasp was not the only ship returning home. The USS San Antonio and the USS Whidbey Island also had Christmas Eve homecomings.

In total over 4,000 Sailors and Marines serving in the Wasp Amphibious Ready Group made it home in time for Christmas.

While deployed, the Wasp Amphibious Ready Group operated in Europe and the Middle East conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts, and supporting operation odyssey lightning in Sirte, Libya.