Crew members aboard USNS Spearhead return home

(May 5, 2016) U.S. Navy Sailors attached to Military Sealift Command's Expeditionary Fast Transport class ship, USNS Spearhead (T-EFP 1), man the rails at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story, May 5. Spearhead pulled into the joint base signifying the completion of a five month deployment in support of Africa Partnership Station 2016. (U.S. Navy Photograph by Bill Mesta/Released)

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — More than 100 crew members aboard the USNS Spearhead returned to their loved ones when the ship returned to her homeport on Thursday.

The ship returned to Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story after completing Africa Partnership Station 2016.

Navy officials say the Spearhead helped with security in Africa’s maritime region to fight piracy during its recent deployment.

Crew members on the spearhead also participated in several training exercises as well as maritime operations in the Gulf of Guinea, and made port call visits to Cameroon, Gabon, Ghana, Senegal and Spain.

This was the third deployment of Spearhead in the U.S. Sixth Fleet area of operation.

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