NAVAL STATION NORFOLK -- The guided-missile destroyer USS Ramage returned home Sunday following a nine-month deployment at sea.

'It's kind of hard to put into words. I've been waiting for six months to see her now,' said Aaron Reyes, referring to his daughter. 'She was born in November. It's probably one of the greatest things I've ever felt in my whole life.'

While underway, Ramage conducted maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the 6th Fleet Area of Responsibility.

'A lot more is going on in the Eastern Mediterranean, and now, more than ever, it's important for us to work with our allies, supporting them, and ensuring them in the things that are going on in the world today,' Commander Dave Stoner told 13NewsNow. 'We had, what I'd say, a lot of curve balls thrown at us, and we hit every single one of them over the fence.'

The U.S. Navy 6th Fleet AOR covers approximately half of the Atlantic Ocean, from the North Pole to Antarctica; as well as the Adriatic, Baltic, Barents, Black, Caspian, Mediterranean and North Seas.

Peggy Moriarty was pierside to greet her daughter.

'She has another sister who's playing softball at Norfolk State, so she's going to go there and surprise her,' Moriarty shared. 'Then, we're just going to be together. We're just excited to see her.'

The homecoming marks the completion of the ship's fourth trip to the area.

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