Marines of fighter attack squadron 312 and their F/A-18 hornet jets are returning from a nine-month deployment in the Middle East. A U.S. Marine Corps spokeswoman says a small group of the marines returned to Beaufort Thursday.
The bulk of the squadron returns Friday
The squadron worked with the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman in support of U.S. military operations in Afghanistan, mainly maritime security operations.
This last mission also marked the last F/A-18 Hornet support of OEF.