USS Stennis days away from Bremerton homecoming

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BREMERTON, Wash. (AP) -- The aircraft carrier USS Stennis is days away from a Bremerton homecoming after a seven-month deployment in which it launched planes into Iraq and Afghanistan and seized pirates.

The carrier left San Diego on Tuesday on the last leg of its cruise, after dropping off its air wing.

The Kitsap Sun reports (http://is.gd/hzxUG90 ) the Stennis is carrying more than 500 family members and friends on what's known as a Tiger cruise.

During the deployment a plane from the Stennis flew the last Navy air mission over Iraq in December. In January, the Stennis brig held 15 pirates who had seized an Iranian fishing boat in the northern Arabian Sea. The Navy rescued 13 Iranian fishermen who had been held captive.

The Stennis departed its Bremerton homeport on July 25.

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Information from: Kitsap Sun, http://www.kitsapsun.com/