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Published: September 13, 2012

U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd class Mike Ball gives his 4-month old daughter Sophia a kiss while his son Anthony, 4, and wife Christina look-on as the USS New Hampshire (SSN 778) returns to the U.S. Navy submarine base in Groton, Conn., Thursday, September 13, 2012. Sophia was born two-months into Ball's deployment and this was the first time he met her. The New Hampshire, a Virginia class attack submarine, deployed March 13th in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations.

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