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Navy ships home in time for Thanksgiving

The guided-missile destroyer USS Decatur will return to San Diego today following a six-month deployment to the Persian Gulf, according to the Navy.

While deployed, the ship — the only one in the Ronald Regan Strike Group to earn the Iraq Defense Medal — defended the Al-Bashrah and Khawr Al Amaya oil terminals, according to the Navy.

When not defending oil platforms, the crew of the Decatur conducted maritime security operations and was used to provide deterrence in the region, according to the Navy.

ÆWe brought 505 feet of persistent American will to the maritime domain, and made a lasting impact on the forward-deployed combatant commanders and our coalition partners,” said Cmdr. Christopher Sweeney, Decatur’s commanding officer.

The guided-missile destroyer USS John Paul Jones is scheduled to return to San Diego on Tuesday following a seven-month deployment to in the Gulf.