USS Makin Island is powered by high-tech, fuel-saving engines -- the Navy's version of the Toyota Prius. At low speeds it runs on electricity and at high speeds, gas turbines provide the power.
It's been more than two months since the sailors have seen their families. Some of them have new babies that they saw for the first time.
"I'm very excited, very happy" said one sailor. "We got the ship back and we have a new baby."
"There's more people on the street," said Hardman. "It's great for us when a new ship comes in."
The Makin Island will be commissioned at North Island next month and will then move to the 32 Street naval base.