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USS Howard, USS Nimitz To Return From Deployment

Guided missile destroyer USS Howard prepares for a scheduled replenishment at...

Credit: U.S. Navy

Above: Guided missile destroyer USS Howard prepares for a scheduled replenishment at sea in the South China Sea, Aug. 29, 2004.

A pair of San Diego-based warships are scheduled to return from deployment Tuesday while a third is set to come back on Wednesday.

The destroyer USS Howard will return from a six-month deployment with the strike group led by the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz. The Nimitz and escorts based in Washington state also plan to stop over in San Diego.

The strike group conducted strikes against Islamic State targets in the Middle East, trained with allied navies and made numerous port visits. In October, sailors aboard the Howard rescued three Iranian mariners who reported being attacked by pirates.

RELATED: Navy Ships USS Princeton, USS Howard To Return To San Diego

The cruiser USS Princeton, which also traveled with the group, was set to return home Tuesday but will instead arrive home on Wednesday, according to the Navy. Another San Diego-based vessel in the strike group, the destroyer USS Pinckney, will return at a later time, Navy officials said.

The Howard, Pinckney and Princeton left San Diego on June 5.

Separately, the littoral combat ship USS Coronado will return to San Diego Tuesday from a nearly 18-month deployment to Southeast Asia. Ships of the LCS variety are manned by crews that rotate, allowing the vessels to remain on station for longer periods of time.

In the Coronado's case, its current set of sailors have been away since April.

While previous LCS deployments were beset by mechanical problems, Navy officials deemed the Coronado's deployment successful in significantly cutting maintenance times.

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