NORFOLK -- The aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis is scheduled to arrive Thursday in its new home port in Norfolk after completing a deployment that took it through Asia, the Middle East and the Mediterranean Sea, the Navy said.
The Stennis is shifting its home port from Bremerton, Wash. to Norfolk to prepare for a mid-life refueling and overhaul at Newport News Shipbuilding. Most of the other ships in its strike group split off from the Stennis in mid-April to return to San Diego or Hawaii. The guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay will leave the Stennis and return to San Diego, according to the Navy.
About 4,500 people will arrive at Naval Station Norfolk aboard the Stennis, although the air wing and strike group staff will fly back to the West Coast.
The arrival of the Stennis comes after the USS Abraham Lincoln departed Norfolk for a deployment that will end in its new home port of San Diego.
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