EVERETT, Wash. (NNS) -- USS Momsen (DDG 92) and USS Shoup (DDG 86) returned to Naval Station Everett Oct. 12 after a seven-month deployment to the Western Pacific and Arabian Sea.
The Arleigh Burke-class destroyers were deployed as part of the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) Carrier Strike Group.
Throughout the deployment, Momsen participated in a variety of humanitarian relief work, exercise duties and support of Operation Enduring Freedom and maritime security operations.
"This deployment provided Momsen Sailors a unique opportunity to demonstrate the skills they've been sharpening during the arduous nine-month training cycle preceding the deployment," said Commanding Officer Cmdr. Michael Sparks. "This is Momsen's first strike group deployment, so my crew became technical experts in multi-ship operations."
While supporting the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group, Momsen provided critical humanitarian assistance for two foreign vessels -- a stranded cargo vessel with engine problems and a former hijacked merchant vessel requiring food, water and medical attention.
The ship also trained with other countries' maritime forces in procedures ranging from shipboard damage control to security operations.
"Momsen joined with coalition elements from Kenya, Pakistan, Canada, England, Singapore and Seychelles to sustain maritime security operations in the Third, Fifth, Sixth and Seventh Fleets," Sparks said.
However, on a sunny Pacific Northwest October morning, the deployment came to an end as hundreds of family members and friends greeted ships as they pulled alongside the pier. Some held signs to help their Sailors find them through the masses.
"It was so exciting to see my husband return to me after all these months, even though I had to wait seven months, including this particular morning, which was really chilly," said Jenna Glaston.
"My sister and I are waiting for our little brother to step off the ship so we can take him home and celebrate," said Louis Massey, family member of a Shoup Sailor.
Local Everett businesses and organizations were also pierside welcoming the Sailors home and offering their services. Everett Mayor Ray Stephanson gave a proclamation from Governor Christine Gregoire welcoming back the ships.
"It's great to have them back; it's like having a family reunion because these are our friends and our neighbors," said Stephanson.
"I can't believe we were gone that long," said Machinist's Mate Fireman Lloyd Thomas. "That was my first deployment, so within a few months it started to seem as though it would last forever. Now, we're back and it's time to play catch up; it's good to be back home to hang out with my friends."
For more news from the Lincoln Carrier Strike Group, visit www.navy.mil/local/cvn72/.