Mason, arriving


The Norfolk-based destroyer Mason finally made it home today, bringing up the rear of the Enterprise Carrier Strike Group, most of which arrived at home ports or bases July 15. One of the happy sailors was Electrician’s Mate 1st Class Eugene Andal, who was selected to debark and receive the traditional first kiss from his wife and kids:

Electrician’s Mate 1st Class Eugene Andal greets his wife and children during the July 27 homecoming of the destroyer Mason. Mason was the final ship of the Enterprise Strike Group to return home. // U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kayla Jo Guthrie

The Strike Group left Norfolk Jan. 13 to support theater security cooperation and maritime security cooperation efforts during a deployment to the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility that covered nearly 60,000 miles.


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