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USS Bataan returns to Naval Station Norfolk following 7-month deployment

Sailors and Marines aboard the USS Bataan were welcomed home by family and friends.

NORFOLK, Va. — The Norfolk-based USS Bataan returned home after a seven-month deployment.

The crew pulled into Naval Staton Norfolk on Saturday.

Sailors and Marines deployed back in December 2019 as part of the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group.

The crew left just as the coronavirus pandemic started to spread, closing ports all across the world.

The group had to develop creative ways to maintain readiness. The Bataan worked with allies and partners in the U.S. Second, Fifth, and Sixth Fleets.

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