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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

USS Carl Vinson begins return to San Diego

USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70)The San Diego-based aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson Monday turned over command of operations in the Arabian Gulf to another flattop, the USS Theodore Roosevelt, and is preparing to sail home.

"There is still much to be done, but it will be nice to have the compass rose point in one direction for miles at a time," after months of traversing the narrow gulf, Capt. Karl Thomas said in a Facebook message to sailors, airmen and family members.

The Vinson departed San Diego last August and began flight operations against Islamic State targets two months later.

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