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Ship grouping makes stop at Pearl Harbor after deployment

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    Sailors and Marines man the rails as the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island arrives Monday at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for a scheduled port visit.

An impressive three-ship grouping is visiting Pearl Harbor on its way home to San Diego after a seven-month deployment that included operations in the Pacific and Indian oceans, Gulf of Aden and Arabian Gulf.

The amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island is loaded with Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft, while the amphibious transport dock USS Somerset has large antennae shrouded in stealthy enclosures that deflect radar. The third ship in the group is the amphibious dock landing ship USS Comstock.

During the deployment, the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group’s 4,500 sailors and Marines conducted maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts, the Navy said. Makin Island steamed more than 51,000 miles.

The Makin Island visited Hong Kong, while the sailors and Marines on Comstock trained with members of the Sri Lankan navy.

“The crew has done our nation’s bidding, and now it’s time to focus on getting back home and reuniting with our families and loved ones,” Capt. Mark Melson, Makin Island’s commanding officer, said in a release. “This team should look back on this deployment with pride. They conducted relevant, real-world operations that directly supported our nation’s security, and that’s something these sailors and Marines can hang their hats on.”

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