NORFOLK -- The USS Arleigh Burke returned to Naval Station Norfolk Tuesday after six months on deployment.

The guided missile destroyer and its crew of 270 spent that time providing air defense support in places like Israel and Cyprus.

Soon after deploying, Arleigh Burke became part of Commander, Destroyer Squadron 60 and Commander, Task Force 65 as the air defense platform for guided-missile destroyers USS The Sullivans (DDG 68) and USS Cole (DDG 67) and guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72).

The ship and her crew made port calls in Haifa, Israel, Limassol and Larnaca, Cyprus, where the crew celebrated Memorial Day.

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