- Associated Press - Friday, October 31, 2014

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - The ships of the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group are returning to their home ports in Virginia following a nine-month deployment.

The ships are scheduled to arrive in Norfolk and Virginia Beach on Friday.

The group is comprised of the amphibious assault ship USS Bataan, amphibious transport dock ship USS Mesa Verde and amphibious dock landing ship USS Gunston Hall.

Aircraft assigned to the group conducted strikes in Syria and Iraq.

The Bataan Amphibious Ready Group also successfully completed two rescues at sea, a number of support operations and participated in the first days of exercise Eager Lion.

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