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By Brian Williams, Anchor and managing editor

When I drove by the vacant slip on Manhattan's West Side today, there was a palpable air of anticipation -- and an undeniable police presence. It felt as if an important, beloved -- and still robust -- family member was on the mend and returning from the hospital. And indeed she has. The Intrepid is back where it belongs, 22-months after shoving off (quite literally, it turned out, as a sandbar of silt had formed beneath the keel over the years) for repairs and refurbishing in drydock. Intrepid (part of a large military history museum complex) has become a vital part of this city, and I recommend it to all visitors. The decks show the scars of the history the ship has seen, and there's always at least one man onboard who served on the great, storied carrier. I cannot wait to pay a return visit.

There is a temptation to express the anticipation (and yes, for junkies, the pure excitement) surrounding tonight's VP debate in sports or entertainment terms -- and while I'll resist that, it is a genuinely exciting evening, and a hugely important event in the process that culminates on election day. We'll be back on the air later tonight with live coverage of the debate beginning at 9pm Eastern time.

In the meantime, we hope you can join us for Nightly News tonight.