Pearl Harbor

Ocean's 400

Many of the USS Arizona's sailors never made it home.

Those of us with dads who served in World War II, especially in the Pacific theatre, regard this as a solemn day.

[UPDATE from As A Mom (look over there in the left sidebar): 70 years ago today, at 7:55 am, HI time, Pearl Harbor was attacked.  As moms and as patriots, we will observe a moment of silence at that time.  7:55 am HI time is 12:55 ET] 

Nevertheless, you can't help but be happy for a bunch of sailors who do get to go home and in time for Christmas. The crew of the EnglishBritish Navy aircraft carrier HMS Ocean recently found out that they would be home this Friday after having been deployed to Libya.  The British Navy has a long and distinguished history of being, well, a little out there:

The description that accompanied the YouTube video:

After lots of time away last year (214 days) -- planned for 7 week deployment exercise with other nations
 
Diverted to Libya and further operations
 
Back 9 Dec after 7½ months away - 225 days with 176 at sea
 
400 people onboard (at peak during the amphibious exercises just under 900 onboard but approx 650 during Op Ellamy)
Steamed just over 40,000 miles
Burned approx 6,000 tonnes of fuel
Operated 16 different type of aircraft off the deck
 
Realities of deploying:
 
15 babies born while the ship has been away (fathers did get home to see mum and baby)
5 people were sent home so they didn't miss their own weddings.
1 sailor whose son's third birthday is on homecoming. Family meeting ship
 
Ships company have missed:
 
Summer holidays. 
Children's exam results
Children finishing school and starting university
The Padre missed his daughter's graduation.
Carry on and a happy Christmas!
 
 
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