GULF OF ADEN ¬- Sailors from the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman were reunited with family members deployed on board the aircraft carrier USS George H. W. Bush on Saturday.
Bush Sailors with family members on board the Truman flew to their sister ship for approximately two hours as the two aircraft carriers conducted a vertical replenishment.
When leaving for deployment in July 2013, Truman Sailors with family members stationed aboard the Bush thought it would be almost two years until they saw their loved ones again. However, they were given an opportunity to say hello and goodbye one more time during Truman’s 5th Fleet turn over with Bush.
Upon reuniting, spouses clung to each other, brothers shook hands and embraced, and sisters beamed wide smiles at each other as they settled down in seats to talk.
“What better way to finish strong than to see those loved ones that you won’t get the opportunity to see at homecoming as Bush begins their deployment,” said Command Master Chief R. D. Kemp, command master chief on board Truman. “We have reunited brothers, sisters, husbands and wives who are going 18 months without seeing one another.”
Kemp said planning for the event began several months prior to the turnover when he received a phone call from CMDCM David B. Carter, Bush’s command master chief.
“We’re fortunate to have the assets available to make these reunions happen,” said Carter. “When it comes to taking care of our Sailors and supporting their families, we’ll do what we can to make sure they see each other when they can.”
Twenty-eight Sailors, 14 from Truman and 14 from Bush, toured Truman and had lunch in the first class petty officer mess.