NORFOLK, Va. (WVEC) -- A Hampton Roads-based Navy squadron is home for the holidays.
On Tuesday afternoon, Airborne Early Warning Squadron 121 returned to Naval Station Norfolk.
More than 160 men and women of the "Bluetails" were aboard the USS Nimitz as part of a regularly scheduled 6-month deployment.
They helped out with efforts in the 3rd and 7th Fleet areas of operations.
While conducting flight operations from the Arabian Gulf, the Bluetails flew 276 sorties, of which 132 were combat missions. The aircrew logged 1,454 flight hours -- 1,020.7 in combat.
"My team did an incredible job in some tough conditions," said VAW-121 Commanding Officer, CDR Mike Finn. "It's great to be home. It's awesome."
Wife Amy Hendrix agreed, saying of this homecoming: "It's the perfect moment."