NORFOLK, Va. - The Navy says about 6,300 sailors are returning to Virginia ahead of schedule.
Officials say the ships with the Eisenhower carrier strike group and the Iwo Jima amphibious ready group will return to Hampton Roads this upcoming week.
The Virginian-Pilot reports ( http://bit.ly/UHVz8F) that they're due to arrive a few days early to beat possible bad weather.
The dock landing ship Gunston Hall will be the first to arrive at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek on Tuesday. The other two ships in the amphibious group, the amphibious assault ship Iwo Jima, and the New York will return to Norfolk Naval Station on Thursday.
The Eisenhower will arrive at Norfolk Naval Station on Wednesday, preceded by its carrier air wing, which returns to Oceana Naval Air Station on Tuesday.
Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com
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