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Sun Mar 02, 2014 2:27 pm


My son, also in the Navy just returned from a seven month deployment on HMCS TORONTO (Her Majesty's Canadian Ship ).
Needless to say it was a pretty emotional scene on the jetty with the loved ones of 250 sailors there. (I came home from the same Operation on the same ship, same jetty 4 years ago and he was waiting for me so we came full circle). The ship was over tracking/intercepting bad guys, they made the largest narcotics bust in maritime history while there.

(His mom was a basket case)

One fella had no one there on the jetty as the ship pulled up because his father lives on the west coast, and low and behold, his dad surprised him by flying to Halifax and being there that morning...I don't have to tell you how amazing that scene was.

Just thought I would share this with you and by the way,........ my son collects knives :)

Thanks for reading.

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Sun Mar 02, 2014 3:27 pm

Thanks for sharing.

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Sun Mar 02, 2014 4:37 pm

Thats really neat Peter! Must be quite a moment for everybody. My son is in the Navy (USN) too. But he will be on an aircraft carrier when its finished. Still being built. I hope I'll have the same opportunity some day to watch his ship come into port.

The Toronto must be a wild ride in high seas.

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Sun Mar 02, 2014 6:41 pm

That's cool Pete.
yes it can get rough, I've spent many a night strapped into my bunk so that I wouldn't get tossed out in the middle of the night.
Nowadays, since 9/11 we spend most of our sea days in the Persian Gulf, or off the coast of Africa where the sea is calm, the area is not calm of course but the water is. It's just that race across the Atlantic to get there that can be uncomfortable.
Good luck to your boy.

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Sun Mar 02, 2014 10:57 pm

Great pic & story - heartwarming.


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Sun Mar 02, 2014 11:13 pm

Hope it was a very happy reunion for everyone, thanks for sharing with us.

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Tue Mar 04, 2014 4:27 pm

Very cool. Glad he made it back safe and sound.

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Tue Mar 04, 2014 10:37 pm

Awesome story.
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