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The sailors of the USS Bataan head home after marathon deployment

Photos by Amanda Lucier / The Virginia Pilot via AP

Petty Officer 2nd class Rhaterahmi White works to start a ship's service turbine generator to provide backup electric power on the Bataan during his last shift on a ten and a half month deployment, the longest for a U.S. Navy ship since the early 1970s, at Norfolk Naval Base on Feb. 7, 2012, in Norfolk, Va.

Petty Officer 2nd class Rhaterahmi White, right, gets a skeptical look from Petty Officer 3rd class Kris Strickland as the two take a break after a full day of work to play video games in the Auxiliary Division Office, known to those who work there as

The dailypress.com reports: NAVAL STATION NORFORK, VIRGINIA -- They held singing contests, ran laps on the flight deck and relaxed a bit on Sunday mornings. They played dodge ball, sang karaoke and -- well, ran a few more laps on the flight deck.

The longest U.S. Navy ship deployment in nearly 40 years not only challenged the skill of the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group, it stretched the limits of sailors' creativity when it came to passing the time.

Nearly 2,000 sailors arrived in Hampton Roads Tuesday after more than 10 months at sea, led by the amphibious assault ship USS Bataan, ready to begin a new routine – one that revolved around family and friends.

Rhaterahmi walks off the pier with his wife Tasia White at Norfolk Naval Base on Tuesday.

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