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USS Dwight D. Eisenhower returns to Va

Wednesday - 7/3/2013, 3:08pm  ET

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) -- The USS Dwight D. Eisenhower has returned to its homeport in Norfolk following an unusual split deployment.

The nuclear-powered aircraft carried arrived at Naval Station Norfolk on Wednesday.

The Eisenhower's deployment to Europe and the Middle East occurred over nearly 13 months.

That time period includes a roughly 2-month return to Norfolk in December so it could resurface its flight deck and have other maintenance performed. The ship was charged with replacing the USS John C. Stennis in the Middle East following that maintenance when another West Coast-based aircraft carrier experienced mechanical problems that prevented it from replacing the Stennis.

Many sailors' families were upset the Eisenhower had to return to sea following that winter layover instead of having another Norfolk-based ship go instead.


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