The USS Carl Vinson in the Gulf of Oman in April. Navy photo
The USS Carl Vinson in the Gulf of Oman in April. Navy photo

The aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson and its accompanying ships left the 7th Fleet area of operations as the Memorial Day Weekend began and are headed home to San Diego.

During the nearly 10-month deployment, warplanes from the Vinson flew missions in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, hitting targets in Iraq and Syria.

The Vinson’s strike group includes the guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill and the guided-missile destroyers USS Dewey, USS Gridley and USS Sterett, all based in San Diego.

After leaving the waters of the Middle East, the the ship was involved in bi-lateral training with allied nations and made port visits to Perth, Australia; Phuket, Thailand, and Bali, Indonesia

Some members of the Vinson crew will depart the ship in Hawaii to reunite with their loved ones. This will open space for the many crew member friends and family riding the ship from Hawaii to San Diego during a Tiger Cruise.

“Although I would love the opportunity to witness and participated in all the homecoming festivities, I decided to depart in Hawaii and fly home to my family,” said Yeoman 2nd Class Tio Lathen.

“This is not my first deployment, but has definitely been one of the more rewarding ones. I was able to accomplish a lot and took advantage of the time spent at sea.”

Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.