First Time Embrace

First time embrace

Photo courtesy of Jessica Kellogg/U.S. Navy

First Time Embrace
| published November 15, 2014 |

By Thursday Review staff


This photograph, taken earlier Saturday in Norfolk, Virginia, shows the affection a sailor has for his daughter when they meet for the very first time. Operations Specialist 3rd Class Carter Davonte holds his infant daughter—born while he was at sea aboard the USS Truxtun, an Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer—upon his return to the United States. The Truxton was assigned to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility, and just this weekend returned to port from its deployment.

The USS Truxton had been recently deployed in the Black Sea near Greece, Turkey and the Ukraine as a show of strategic military support for those NATO countries fearful of Russian aggression in the Crimea and Moscow-backed militant activity in eastern Ukraine. Its other purpose was to provide a muscular assurance to Romanian and Bulgarian political authorities, and to act as a training platform for the officers of both Eastern European navies. (Trivia: the Truxton was also used as a set for part of the filming of the movie Captain Phillips, starring Tom Hanks).

This U.S. Navy photo by Ensign Jessica Kellogg.

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