GULF OF ADEN (WAVY) – Sailors on board USS Harry S. Truman and USS George H.W. Bush were reunited during a vertical replenishment.
The Navy said Sailors on the Truman thought it would be nearly two years before they saw their family members stationed on the 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,” the Navy said in a release.
The two aircraft carriers conducted the replenishment for about two hours during the Truman’s 5th Fleet turnover.
“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 (CMDCM) 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.”
“We’re fortunate to have the assets available to make these reunions happen,” Bush’s command master chief CMDCM David Carter added. “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.”
The Navy said 28 Sailors, 14 from the Bush and 14 from the Truman, had lunch and toured the Truman. Lt. Linda Sharpe stationed on the Truman was reunited with her twin sister, Lt. Brenda Sharpe stationed on the Bush.
“I feel like it’s Christmas right now being able to see my sister at the end of a deployment,” said Linda Sharpe. “Not everybody gets the chance to experience this, so it feels like the best gift ever.”