USS Kearsarge returns from Puerto Rico

USS Kearsarge returned to Naval Station Norfolk on November 6, 2017 after its crew helped with hurricane relief on Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

NORFOLK, Va. (WVEC) -- The USS Kearsarge returned to Naval Station Norfolk on Monday morning.

Its crew has been helping with hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands for more than two months.

The ship was initially sent to Texas to help after Hurricane Harvey. It was redirected after Hurricanes Irma and Maria hit.

While in the Caribbean, the Kearsarge's crew helped clear roads and deliver life-saving supplies.

"Any sailor that had family in Puerto Rico, they had an opportunity to go in and do a family assessment visit." Rear Admiral Jeffrey Hughes.

One sailor tells 13News Now that was a relief to her family, and that they were excited to see the military.

The Kearsarge's return follows that of the USS Oak Hill last week, which was also helping with hurricane relief efforts.

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