NORFOLK -- 250 Sailors aboard USS Ramage are now home.

The guided-missile destroyer returned to Naval Station Norfolk on Friday after eight months in the Mediterranean Sea.

The ship left May 20, 2011 on her third deployment in four years in support of the ballistic missile defense strategy, the Navy said. The crew also rescued an Egyptian fisherman who was adrift.

Now the sailors are focused on spending quality time with their families. Kimberly Qualls said, 'It can be very stressful especially when you have four kids by yourself, appointments and such, but you get through it.'

During deployment, Ramage got a new commanding officer. Cmdr. Kyle J. Colton relieved Cmdr. Erik J. Eslich in a ceremony on August 12 in Rhodes, Greece.

Eslich was to return to Washington, D.C., in the Joint Theater Air and Missile Defense directorate.

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