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'You can't explain it': San Diego sailors, Marines reunite with family just in time for holidays

One man met his young daughter for the very first time on Wednesday.


About 4,500 sailors and Marines returned home to Naval Base San Diego Wednesday after a seven-month deployment in the Arabian Gulf conducting exercises with partner nations.

Loved ones started cheering as soon as they could see the USS Boxer pull in. 

Eleven-year-old Robbie Evans was excited to see his dad.

“It’s been so long,” said Evans. “He’s been in the military since I was born.”

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Kaitlyn Doyle introduced her five-month-old daughter, Evelyn, to her dad for the first time. 

“We’ve only been able to FaceTime a handful of times,” said Kaitlyn.

When News 8 asked these sailors and Marines what they’re looking forward to this Thanksgiving, they said “being together.”