The USS Klakring and more than 200 sailors stationed onboard returned to Naval Station Mayport Saturday after duty in the Caribbean and South America.
For the sailors, embraces with family members were months in the making. They returned to familiar faces, and in John Weitcel's case, a new face. This was the first time he met his son, Caleb.
"It's my new son, my other son [with] my beautiful wife. I'm just glad to be home. I can't wait to spend more time with him," said Weitcel.
Family and friends lined the gates, and waited anxiously, with posters and signs for the ship to arrive.
"It's my new son, my other son [with] my beautiful wife. I'm just glad to be home. I can't wait to spend more time with him," said John Weitcel.
As for the USS Klakring, its sailing days are over. It will be decommissioned next year. The ship's commander said he couldn't be more proud.
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