San Diego-based U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson and its strike group, which have been deployed in combat operations over Iraq and Syria for ten months, returned home Thursday.
More than 5,000 crew members will be welcomed by loved ones as they arrive at Naval Air Station North Island and Naval Base San Diego.
Included in the strike group are Carrier Air Wing 17, Destroyer Squadron 1 along with USS Bunker Hill, USS Gridley, USS Sterett and USS Dewey.
Navy officials say the strike group flew 12,300 sorties, including 2,382 combat missions and dropped more than a half a million pounds of ordnance in the fight against ISIS.
NBC 7's Military Reporter Bridget Naso flew out to USS Carl Vinson to travel into San Diego Bay with the crew. See her reports beginning on NBC 7 News at 4.