I had the honor of attending my first pierside homecoming today for Operation: Love ReUnited. The USS Nicolas returned to Norfolk Naval Base after a 6 month deployment. You might remember them in the news recently - they were the ship that ran into pirates!! Seriously, real pirates!
From Wikipedia: On April 1, 2010, Nicholas came under fire from Somali pirates while deployed in the waters off of East Africa near the coast of Kenya and Somalia conducting anti-piracy operations. Nicholas seized five pirates, sank their skiff and captured a pirate mother ship.