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Sailors return on USS Robert G. Bradley

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Updated: 5/28/2013 6:30 pm
MAYPORT, Fla.-- When the USS Robert G. Bradley came chugging around the corner Tuesday, the crowd couldn't contain itself. When the sailors came ashore, there were lots of hugs, kisses and tears.

"It's still hard, especially whenever he's on deployment," Brandie Norris said.

Justin Wines is seeing his son for the first time. The boy was born in the seven months he was at sea.

"This is my future right here," he said. 

"Super excited. I waited for so long. It was tough, but now he's here to help me take care of the baby and hopefully he can stay here for a long time," his wife, Bianca Wines said.

This was USS Robert G. Bradley's last trip. Soon, it will be decommissioned after 30 years of service. The latest tour took the 200 sailors to Italy, Greece and Portugal, to name a few places.

"Although she's going home, we've got new ships coming in the future," Captain Ryan Tillotson said.

For these families, the day after Memorial Day couldn't have served as a better homecoming. The plan is to love on and enjoy their heroes for as long as they can.

"Barbecue and swimming. Probably go to the beach. Enjoying our time together," Norris said. 

Upon arrival, the sailors have traveled about 50,000 miles total. They'll get a nice little leave before starting new exercises.
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