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More than 5K Sailors with Carl Vinson CSG to Return Home to San Diego

More than 5,000 sailors with the Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group (CSG) will return to loved ones Thursday after a three-month deployment in the Indo-Pacific.

U.S. Navy sailors with both aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson and destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer are scheduled to return to their home port of San Diego Thursday. Their return will be anxiously awaited by thousands of family members at Naval Air Station North Island and Naval Base San Diego respectively.

The historic move was meant to strengthen relationships between the U.S. and Vietnam as China expands its military in the region. NBC 7's military reporter Bridget Naso has reactions from local Vietnam vets.

The sailors deployed on January 5 and traveled 40,000 miles during the deployment, porting in Guam and the Philippines and making a historic visit to Vietnam. It was the first time a United States carrier strike group had visited a Vietnamese port since the Vietnam War about 40 years ago.

The deployment was scheduled for routine training operations to maintain security and stability in the Indo-Pacific, according to the U.S. Navy.

U.S. Navy sailors deployed aboard the USS Vinson from San Diego Friday, on a mission to protect maritime peace. NBC 7's Gaby Rodriguez reports.

The Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group also includes USS Lake Champlain, scheduled to return to San Diego soon, and USS Michael Murphy, which is heading to its home port of Pearl Harbor. 

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