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Sub returns to emotional homecoming in Groton


The submarine USS Toledo returned home to the Navy base in Groton following a deployment that lasted for the better part of a year and covered more than 25,000 miles.

Seven months is the length of time that the sailors on the USS Toledo were gone while they visited ports in Israel, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Portugal.

"More than I can even say," said Amanda Ekwall about her husband returning home. "I can't even describe it." 

Homecomings for the sailors included signs and custom-made shirts made by family members.

"It will be nice just to have him back home and have the routine of getting the family back together," said Jessica Edwards.

The moment was especially special for the sailors.

"Good to be home, good to be home especially to see this little guy," Daniel Edwards of USS Toledo said while holding his first born son.

Some crew members will receive some time off with their family and others will remain on duty.

"Obviously, I missed my family a ton. Its nice to finally see them," said Jeff Picerno of USS Toledo. "They've gotten so big since I've been gone. Its amazing to see how much they've changed in seven months."

According to the Associated Press, the Toledo, which is a Los Angeles-class attack sub, was commissioned in 1995. It is commanded by Cmdr. Sam Geiger, a native of Monroe, LA.

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