NORFOLK - The crew of the Norfolk-based Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided missile frigate USS Nicholas is back home after a successful deployment.
'It's hard, it's really lonely. But seeing him is totally worth it,' Elizabeth Carter said.
Among the highlights of the trip was a $93 million drug bust off, where cocaine and marijuana was seized. In all, the Navy says Nicholas confiscated more than $515 million worth of drugs and captured 14 suspected drug smugglers who will be put on trial in the U.S.
CDR Stephen Fuller, USS Nicholas' commanding officer, said the counter drug mission was important.
'It's huge. It's a victory for the war on drugs.'
Crewmembers echoed that sentiment.
IT2 Lawrence Brown said, 'Just trying to make sure all the neighborhood stays clean of drugs, make sure everything's good.'
IT3 Marcus Carter added, 'Oh, I'm very proud, it was good to keep the seas safe from all that cocaine.'
USS Nicholas was deployed to the Caribbean Sea and the eastern Pacific Ocean.
Heather Brown was glad to have her sailor home safely.
'It's not easy. You just learn to deal with it and you know he's coming back, so, that's what you have to pray for.'
'We kept focus, we accomplished the mission at hand. And just glad now to be back home safe,' said STG1 Darrell McNamara.