A Canadian warship is docking in St. John's Monday morning after 13 months overseas.
HMCS Toronto and her crew of about 250 personnel are expected to sail in to harbour around 9 a.m.
The frigate was on patrol in the Arabian Sea and Indian Ocean as part of an international effort to curb terrorism and deter piracy on the high seas.
On this tour it intercepted nine drug shipments, including what the military called the largest heroin seizure in the history of combined maritime forces operations.
Families gathered on Signal Hill early this morning, ready to welcome their loved ones home.
Donna Dumaresque was among that crowd. She is relieved that her daughter Lynn-Marie Quesnelle is returning to Canada, after serving as a leading seaman on the frigate.
"It's been a very stressful seven months," said Dumaresque.
"We saw her off, and we're back to see her come back in."
Many of the sailors will begin their post-deployment leave in Newfoundland.