NORFOLK -- The USS Nassau returned home to Naval Station Norfolk Sunday morning after seven months overseas.
Over the last seven months, the Nassau and her crew of over 3,000 sailors helped in humanitarian efforts in Haiti.
Commanding officer Captain Samuel Norton says the crew also dealt with some pirates.
"We were housing some of the suspected pirates after they were apprehended," said Capt. Norton.
Thousands of people waited on the pier as the Nassau made its way to shore.
The past seven months were hard for both the sailors and the families they left back home.
Emma Schalioni, counting down the minutes until she would be back in her sailors arms said she would "give him a big kiss, and a tight hug, and just hug him until I break his ribs."
Patrick Johnson told her, "It was long for you it was I think a lot longer for us ... it's pretty crazy."
William Ruopert returned home to meet his newborn son, born two weeks after he deployed.
"Ah it's amazing, great to be home."
The USS Mesa Verde also returned home Sunday.