Navy guided-missile destroyers James E. Williams, Mahan return to homeport in Norfolk


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NORFOLK, Virginia — Two Navy guided-missile destroyers have returned to their homeport of Norfolk following separate deployments.

Officials say the USS James E. Williams and the USS Mahan returned to Naval Station Norfolk on Saturday.

The James E. Williams returned following an eight-month deployment spent mostly off the east coast of Africa. In June, 23-year-old Yeshabel Villot Carrasco of Ohio died aboard the ship during deployment in what the Pentagon described as a "non-hostile incident."

The Mahan was deployed for five months and spent more than 140 days at sea and conducted eight port visits in support of partnerships with Spain, Italy, Greece, Bahrain and United Arab Emirates. Its deployment came after 24-year-old Petty Officer 2nd Class Mark Mayo of Maryland was fatally shot aboard the ship while trying to protect another sailor.

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