USNS Grasp returning home today after four-month deployment

161005-N-FQ994-029 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (Oct. 5, 2016) - Military Sealift Command rescue and salvage ship USNS Grasp (T-ARS 51) operates in support of a Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA)-led mission to recover remains in the Mediterranean Sea Oct 5, 2016 near Montalto di Castro, Italy. U.S. 6th Fleet, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts the full spectrum of joint and naval operations, often in concert with allied, joint, and interagency partners, in order to advance U.S. national interests and security and stability in Europe and Africa. (U.S. Navy photo Petty Officer 3rd Class Robert Price/Released)
161005-N-FQ994-029 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (Oct. 5, 2016) - Military Sealift Command rescue and salvage ship USNS Grasp (T-ARS 51) operates in support of a Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA)-led mission to recover remains in the Mediterranean Sea Oct 5, 2016 near Montalto di Castro, Italy. U.S. 6th Fleet, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts the full spectrum of joint and naval operations, often in concert with allied, joint, and interagency partners, in order to advance U.S. national interests and security and stability in Europe and Africa. (U.S. Navy photo Petty Officer 3rd Class Robert Price/Released)

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Navy divers and civil service members on the USNS Grasp are returning home Wednesday following a four-month deployment.

The Grasp was deployed the Navy’s Sixth Fleet area of operation, and largely conducted dive and salvage missions for missing ships, aircraft, and tow vessels.

Navy officials say the mission was aimed at partnership-building and maritime security in the North Sea off the coast of Italy.

The crew of the Grasp is scheduled to return to Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story later this morning.