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Sailors sweep spouses off feet, meet children for first time as USS Nimitz returns home

U.S. Navy logistics specialist 3rd class Michael Zegarra, of Miami, sweeps his wife Caterina Zegarra off her feet Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017, after returning to Bremerton on the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz. The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group returned from a regularly scheduled deployment from the Indo-Asia-Pacific region and Arabian Gulf which supported Operation Inherent Resolve.
U.S. Navy logistics specialist 3rd class Michael Zegarra, of Miami, sweeps his wife Caterina Zegarra off her feet Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017, after returning to Bremerton on the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz. The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group returned from a regularly scheduled deployment from the Indo-Asia-Pacific region and Arabian Gulf which supported Operation Inherent Resolve. Ian Kinkead/U.S. Navy

Sailors assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz greeted spouses and children — some for the first time — after returning home to Bremerton Sunday.

Other Washington-based ships assigned to the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group also returned after a six-month deployment that took them to the Indo-Asia-Pacific region and the Arabian Gulf.

The strike group put 78,000 miles on the odometer during the deployment — a number equivalent to about three times around the world — flew over 1,000 combat sorties into Iraq and Syria, and dropped more than 900 pieces of ordnance, according to the U.S. Navy.

Craig Sailor: 253-597-8541, @crsailor

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