GULF OF ADEN Sailors from the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman were reunited with family members deployed aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H. W. Bush Saturday.
Bush sailors with family members on board Truman cross-decked to the 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 Bush thought it would be almost two years until they saw their loved ones again, but were given an opportunity to say hello and goodbye one more time during Truman's 5th Fleet turn over with Bush.
'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. 'We have reunited brothers, sisters, husbands and wives who are going 18 months without seeing one another.'
Among the reunited were Aviation Ordnanceman 2nd Class John Miller and his wife, Aviation Ordnanceman 2nd Class Nicolle Morris, assigned to the 'Black Lions' of Strike Fighter Squadron 213. It was the first time the couple had seen each other in 8 months.
'I knew as soon as she came around that corner the tears would roll seeing her face again,' said Miller. 'That was homecoming for me.'
While visiting with Morris, Miller gave her a Truman aviation ordnanceman t-shirt with his cologne sprayed on it so she could smell him before she sleeps at night.
When it came time for the families to depart, emotions came rushing back.
'I just held on to her but I could see tears welling in her eyes,' said Miller. 'It was tough to hold back because we know it will be several more months until we see each other again.'
When the turnover was complete, Truman continued their journey home while Bush steamed over the horizon to continue their deployment in the 5th Fleet area of responsibility, but the families' thoughts remained with each other.