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    Thursday, June 20, 2024

    Sailors make it home for the holidays

    Mackenzie Burton, 5, dances on the pier as her father, Petty Officer 1st Class Miles Burton holds her sister Amelia, 3, and her mother, Sara, right, and Miles' girlfriend, Jaii Colon, back center, join the celebration Friday, Dec. 20, 2019, as the USS Minnesota (SSN 783) returns to the U.S. Naval Submarine Base in Groton, Conn., following a six-month deployment to the northern European theater of operations. The Minnesota, the 10th vessel in the Virginia class of nuclear-powered attack submarines, made port calls in Rota, Spain; Faslane, Scotland; and Haaksnservn, Norway, during the deployment. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
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    Groton — A cold wind could not dampen the enthusiasm of the loved ones waiting on the pier at the U.S. Naval Submarine Base for the USS Minnesota (SSN 783) to dock Friday.

    The Virginia-class nuclear-powered attack submarine returned to base following a six-month deployment to the northern European theater of operations.

    The Minnesota, the 10th vessel in the Virginia-class of nuclear-powered attack submarines, made port calls in Rota, Spain; Faslane, Scotland; and Haaksnservn, Norway, during the deployment.  

    Lt. Robert Schroer gets a kiss from his wife, Auston, as the USS Minnesota (SSN 783) returns to the U.S. Naval Submarine Base in Groton, Conn., on Friday, Dec. 20, 2019, following a six-month deployment to the northern European theater of operations. The Minnesota, the 10th vessel in the Virginia class of nuclear-powered attack submarines, made port calls in Rota, Spain; Faslane, Scotland; and Haaksnservn, Norway, during the deployment. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
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    Commander Jason Grizzle, senior deputy for Submarine Squadron 4, wears the Santa suit Friday, Dec. 20, 2019, as the USS Minnesota (SSN 783) returns to the U.S. Naval Submarine Base in Groton, Conn., following a six-month deployment to the northern European theater of operations. The Minnesota, the 10th vessel in the Virginia class of nuclear-powered attack submarines, made port calls in Rota, Spain; Faslane, Scotland; and Haaksnservn, Norway, during the deployment. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
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    Capt. Andrew Miller, left, commodore for Submarine Squadron 4, and squadron Command Master Chief Josh Sturgill lead U.S. Naval Submarine Base personnel in a cheer Friday, Dec. 20, 2019, as the USS Minnesota (SSN 783) returns to Groton, Conn., following a six-month deployment to the northern European theater of operations. The Minnesota, the 10th vessel in the Virginia class of nuclear-powered attack submarines, made port calls in Rota, Spain; Faslane, Scotland; and Haaksnservn, Norway, during the deployment. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
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    Elizabeth Evans, left, wife of Lt. junior grade Alexander Evans, stretches to get a peek as his submarine, the USS Minnesota (SSN 783), returns to the U.S. Naval Submarine Base in Groton, Conn., on Friday, Dec. 20, 2019, following a six-month deployment to the northern European theater of operations. The Minnesota, the 10th vessel in the Virginia-class of nuclear-powered attack submarines, made port calls in Rota, Spain; Faslane, Scotland; and Haaksnservn, Norway, during the deployment. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
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