CORONADO (CNS) - A nuclear-powered aircraft carrier and its air wing will return to San Diego Saturday after a six-month deployment in the Western Pacific and Middle East.
The Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group's helicopter sea combat squadrons will return to Naval Air Station North Island at 7:30 a.m. in advance of the ship.
The Lincoln will arrive at the station's Pier K at 11 a.m., according to the Navy's public affairs office.
The strike group successfully flew more than 8,300 sorties and completed more than 23,500 flying hours, about half of which were in support of U.S. and coalition ground forces in Afghanistan, Navy officials said.
"I could not be more proud of the sailors and officers in my squadron and the rest of the strike group," said Cmdr. Kenneth Strong, commanding officer of one of the helicopter squadrons. "I am humbled to be a member of such a dedicated team. Obviously we are happy to be coming home to our families and friends, and are pleased at having done our duty so well."
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