While away from home, the crews were sent on a mission to search for the missing Malaysian airliner.
“We felt a lot of gratitude for helping them out but it’s our job. We tried our best to facilitate whatever they needed,” said Navy sailor Robert Flores. “If it was my mom or my sister or my girlfriend … I would do everything to find them.”
The Blue Hawks, a group of military sailors and airmen, spent 7-days on the water and 50-hours in the air over the Indian Ocean where the plane disappeared from radar.
The sailors specialize in anti-submarine warfare and the most daring search and rescues, but when it came to the missing airliner, they couldn’t share much of the mission.
With the completion of one journey, sailor Robert Flores picked this day to start a new one as he got down on one knee and proposed to his girlfriends with his grandmother’s ring.
“I feel like the luckiest girl in the world,” said his blushing new fiancé.