NORFOLK-About 4,000 sailors and Marines are home to Hampton Roads and North Carolina.

USS Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group arrived Thursday after deploying in March.

'Oh man, eight months, eight minutes, I don't care. It doesn't even matter right now, doesn't even matter. Look at this little guy,' said new dad and USS Kearsarge sailor MM3 Norman Stewart.

Kearsarge and USS San Antonio pulled into Naval Station Norfolk while USS Carter Hall arrived just before 8:P30 a.m. at Joint Base Little Creek-Fort Story in Va. Beach.

The Marines of the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit are at based at Camp LeJeune, NC

During the nearly eight-month deployment, the Kearsarge ARG conducted maritime security operations and security cooperation activities with partner nations. The ARG also participated in four multinational exercises designed to strengthen coalition partnerships and reinforce regional security and stability, the Navy stated.

In September, when President Obama was considering a military strike against Syria, there were reports that the Kearsarge and San Antonio might be called into action.

In October, San Antonio helped rescue 128 people aboard a raft in the Central Mediterranean Sea. The ship provided food, water, shelter, and medical attention.

'After Benghazi there's concern of having forces in the right position, to be ready to respond to embassies if necessary. And that was really a big part of our mission on this deployment,' said Captain Randell Dykes, Commanding Officer USS San Antonio.

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