Peninsula families welcome USS Carl Vinson crew kin home

BREMERTON — From her Port Townsend home, Trish Cobb waved at her son aboard the USS Carl Vinson Wednesday morning as the aircraft carrier returned from launching air strikes in Afghanistan.

More than six hours later, Cobb and thousands of others hugged their loved ones as the vessel’s sailors disembarked in the drizzle amid a cheering crowd at the Vinson’s Bremerton home port.

“This whole event has brought me to tears many times,” Cobb said as she stood on the pier with friends to catch a first glimpse of her son, 21-year-old Petty Officer Jared Cobb.

On Wednesday, the sailors returned from a six-month deployment on the Vinson, which was on a routine mission to the Arabian Sea when the World Trade Center and Pentagon were attacked Sept. 11.

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