JACKSONVILLE, Fla — On Wednesday, an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, the USS Carney (DDG 64) departed from Naval Station Mayport.
Around 300 sailors set off on a scheduled six-month deployment to the 5th and 6th Fleet’s area of operations to ensure maritime security in the regions.
Sheenna Griffin was one of many who said goodbye to a loved one on Wednesday morning.
This is her son’s second deployment since he joined the Navy.
“He’s been in the Navy for almost 4 years,” said Griffin.
As friends and family wished the sailors protection, loved ones like Sheenna understand the commitment to service.
“This is a life choice that everybody makes, and they are making a sacrifice for everybody out there,” said Sheenna. “Very grateful for each one that makes the sacrifice to come out there and do what they got to do.”
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