NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) -- Active-duty and reserve Sailors from Navy Expeditionary Logistics Support (NAVELSG), Port Group DELTA returned to Naval Station Norfolk Oct. 19 after a six-month deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
"I'm ecstatic," said Seaman Kirby Jobity of Navy Cargo Handling Battalion (NCHB) 1, in Williamsburg, Va. "I've waited for this moment for a long time and I just can't wait to get out of this parking lot."
NAVELSG DELTA contained about 50 active-duty Sailors and 200 Reservists. The Reservists are mainly from Navy Cargo Handling Battalion 12 Headquarters in Alabama, with companies in Georgia and Tennessee.
NAVELSG DELTA was deployed in April to help conduct port operations in Kuwait and air cargo handling operations in Iraq. They delivered supplies, ammunition and other equipment to more than 120,000 Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines.
The cargo handlers loaded and off-loaded more than 12,000 vehicles, nearly 5,000 pieces of gear, and more than 5,000 shipping containers.
"We're extremely proud of our Sailors." said Rear Adm. Sharon Redpath, commander, NAVELSG. "We set the bar high and asked a lot of them and they came through."
They were also asked to accomplish things beyond the mission.
"I asked each person to improve either physically, mentally, or even spiritually and they did," said Cmdr. John Perrett Jr., commanding officer, NAVELSG Port Group DELTA. "We came together and we became a family. I am extremely proud of these Sailors."
NAVELSG Forward ECHO relieved NAVELSG Port Group DELTA during this fifth rotation of Navy Reservists mobilized to perform cargo handling operations for Iraqi Freedom.
Port Group DELTA returns home with messages to their comrades in Port Group ECHO.
"You just got to take it one day at a time," said Yeoman 2nd Class Richard Torrens of Navy Ordnance Reporting and Handling Battalion 1, out of Earle, N.J. "Someday you'll be coming home to your friends and family."
Deployed with NAVELSG Port Group DELTA were members of NAVELSG Mobile Air Cargo Handling V, which aided Marines in the delivery of aviation parts and supplies.
The NAVESLG is an operation force of the Navy's newest type command, the Navy Expeditionary Combat Command.
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