Ships Passing in the Straits Unite Navy Families

Story Number: NNS150414-01Release Date: 4/14/2015 8:06:00 AM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Cory D. Sanders, USS Carl Vinson Public Affairs

USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70), At sea (NNS) -- Sailors assigned to USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) and USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) took part in a joint command venture aimed at reuniting military family members stationed on each of these forward-deployed carriers, April 13.

Carl Vinson will soon depart the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility for its homeport of San Diego after supporting operations in the region since October 2014.
Theodore Roosevelt, having just entered the region, will be taking the place of the Carl Vinson. With that, this brief reunion for some military families stationed on these forward-deployed carriers, breathes life into the old saying, "like two ships passing in the night."

Aviation Structural Mechanic 3rd Class Robyn Gonzales, assigned to the Stingers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 94, currently deployed on board Carl Vinson, and Aviation Electronics Technician Airman Alexander Gonzales, assigned to the Red Rippers of VFA-11, currently deployed on board Theodore Roosevelt, reunited for a brief moment on Theodore Roosevelt. The dual-military couple explained the challenge of being stationed at separate commands.

"Being away from my husband has been the most difficult part of the deployment," said Gonzales, apart from her husband since August 2014 when Carl Vinson departed its homeport of San Diego on its current deployment. "I was extremely excited to have the opportunity to spend a little time with him today."

While Fireman Jerry Rodriguez, stationed on Carl Vinson, is looking forward to the Vinson finishing up this deployment, his wife, Roosevelt crew member Seaman Nicole Torres Miriam, is transiting in the opposite direction just beginning the deployment aboard the Roosevelt.

"For several months, communication with my wife has been hit or miss," said Rodriguez. "We haven't been able to communicate often, so this is a huge boost to our morale."

Although brief, these Sailors were grateful for the reunion, to have lived in the moment, and cherish the unique Navy experience of reuniting them with their spouses just outside the Straits of Hormuz.

"When I first heard about this opportunity, I wasn't sure it was real," Rodriguez said. "I'm still excited that we got to see each other again after all this time. I'm going to cherish this moment with her forever."

"You don't go out to sea and expect to see your husband until you get back home," said Gonzales. "This is easily the best part of my deployment. I can't wait to see him again, and I'm grateful we had this opportunity."

Carl Vinson is soon departing the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility after supporting Operation Inherent Resolve, maritime security operations, strike operations in Iraq and Syria as directed, and theater security cooperation efforts in the region.

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