JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- It was a very happy day for hundreds of wives, children, moms, dads, and siblings Sunday when the USS Carney returned home from an overseas deployment.
It was a sweet sight to see the USS CARNEY with more than 300 sailors aboard return to Mayport after a seven and half month deployment overseas.
" I get my husband back today, It has been seven really long months," said Michelle Montgomery, holding back tears.
Ombudsman Laura Simpson was crying as well as she waited to see her husband Richard. It has been a long time coming, and it is the most beautiful thing I have seen in a long time. All these families on this pier have sacrificed along with those sailors and I am honored to say they we have all made it through this wonderfully and I am proud of everyone standing on the pier today and the sailors on that ship."
Chelsea Sayers got the first kiss..her husband Jonathan Sayers was the first one off the ship.
"I was nervous and happy and excited.. You can even imagine it."
Patricia Colgrove then got the first hug, greeting son Jason James.
" It is awesome. It is exciting, and I am so proud, so very proud."
5 sailors laid eyes on their newborn children for the first time ever. Samuel Williams finally met his daughter Estelle.
" I don't even have words for it, it is unbelievable," said Williams. " How good is it go be home? Better than anything I have ever experienced." His wife Kimberly added, "It is awesome , I am glad he is home and he gets to meet his baby."
Family members rushed to greet their loved ones, the sailors glad to be back on US soil after leaving Mayport on October 23rd last year.
" It has been a long deployment, lots of interesting locations, but I am glad to be back with my family," said Chris Loy. HIs wife Alanna said, "Best day, it has really been a long deployment, so i am really glad he is home. "
"Back in Mayport, back home, feels good.," said Ledric Neal.
Sailor Terry Parker's kids, like all others there, were happy to see their parent home. "It is great , a long time away, just glad to be back."
Some of these sailors will be with the USS CARNEY when it leaves Mayport next year. The guided missile destroyer is to be one of four in the Navy with a new home port , in ROTA, SPAIN. While Mayport Naval Station loses this ship in 2015, two more, the USS IWO JIMA and USS FORT MCHENRY arrive this summer.