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Navy attack sub returns to homeport in Groton

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A U.S. Navy attack submarine returned to its homeport in Groton after a deployment to the waters around Europe.

The crew from U.S.S. Missouri returned home on Friday afternoon to the Groton Sub Base after the six months deployment.

The Associated Press reports that the nuclear-powered submarine traveled roughly 37,000 miles during a deployment that included port visits in Scotland, Spain and France.

A mom, who lives in warmer climates, surprised her sailor sons. A recently wed bride revealed she's keeping two people warm. And some crowned heads show up to greet their Missouri men.

On one of the coldest days this winter, hundreds of family members and loved ones shivered pierside at the sub base to greet their husbands, boyfriends and siblings of the U.S.S. Missouri.

Paula Powell and family from Georgia made sure they brought warm clothing.

"Staying until Monday.  We're going to see him every minute of him we can,” Powell said.  

"It’s been a long six months.  Very excited that they're coming home,” Ms. Connecticut USA Ambassador Kaitlyn Olson said. “Our wedding is in April and we'll be around all our family and friends."

Besides Olson, Groton resident Jenny Hawthorne was also wearing a crown

"So he will remember what I look like after six months,” Hawthorne said.

It was about 23 degrees with a steady cold wind blowing up the Thames River. It appears the crew worked faster, so families such as Petty Officer Second Class Michael Slavin Jr could have the first kiss with his wife Katy and daughter.

"Really glad to see my daughter here and my wife,” Slavin said. It’s cold. It was nice 65 degrees under the water the whole time, but it's good to be home."

The traditional first hug goes to the birthday girl 15-year-old Clara Grace Abplanalp.

"It’s the best present ever,” Abplanalp said as she hugged her father Lt. Chris Ablanalp.

The Associated Press reports the Missouri was commissioned in 2010 as the seventh in the Virginia class of attack submarines.

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