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08/17/04

A Final Homecoming For The U.S.S. Yorktown

The U.S.S. Yorktown is back at its homeport in Pascagoula.

Family members gathered at the homeport this morning to welcome the USS Yorktown home. Misty Stockleth was one of the first people to show up for the Yorktown's return. She was anxious to see her husband James. But, even more anxious for him to see their five month old daughter Chloe Dawn who was born one week and one day after they left.

Chloe Dawn wasn't the only one waiting on her daddy. Kaitlyn Wagner said she was going to hug and kiss her dady as soon as she sees him. 

Crew member James Stockleth ran to his family when he disembarked from the ship. He says seeing then and being home is "the greatest feeling in the world." 

This was the final deployment for the Aegis Guided Missile Cruiser The Yorktown and its crew. The crew spent spent the last six months in the Arabian Gulf and served as part of an expeditionary strike group protecting U.S. forces in the Middle East.

This is the fifth ship in Naval history to be named Yorktown. It is scheduled for decommissioning in late December.

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