The families of a Bay Area Coast Guard crew have something extra special to be thankful for this Thanksgiving.
People aboard the Cutter Waesche were reunited with their families Sunday after 106 days at sea.
The shipmates docked at their homeport in Alameda after traversing the Bering Sea and Arctic Ocean, where they tested weapon systems and patrols. They also assisted in search-and-rescue operations while aboard and "furthered national strategic goals," according to a news release.
The Cutter was a temporary home to about 120 crew members for the 18,000-mile journey. But family members rejoiced Saturday as the ship made its way to the dock, eager to see the shipmates step food on dry land.
Brenda Lewis, wife of shipmate Ryan Lewis, said she couldn’t wait to see her husband. She found out she was pregnant while the ship was at sea, so this was the first time Ryan would be able to see her growing belly in person.
"I’m excited, but I’m sure that my dog’s going to get the first hug," Brenda conceded. "She won’t be able to wait."
Sure enough, the dog got the first hug and promptly showered Ryan with puppy kisses.