MARINE CORPS AIR STATION BEAUFORT, S.C. -- A squadron of Beaufort-based Marines and their F/A-18 Hornet jets are returning from a nine-month deployment in the Middle East.

Marine Corps spokeswoman Sgt. Marcy Sanchez says the Marines of Fighter Attack Squadron 312 are coming come in two groups on Thursday and Friday.

The squadron worked with the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman in support of U.S. military operations in Afghanistan, maritime security operations and security cooperation with other nations in the region.

The unit's commanding officer, Lt. Col. Nathan Miller, says the unit was proud to act in support of U.S. and coalition forces.

Sanchez says the squadron's pilots and aircraft are arriving Thursday, while the main body of support forces arrives Friday.