PEARL HARBOR (Sept. 21, 2012) Families of Sailors aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Paul Hamilton (DDG 60) watch as the ship departs Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. Hamilton is scheduled for a 10-month deployment to the western Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Tiarra Fulgham/Released)
Day One of a deployment is tough. There is no way around it, but there is something comforting about going through that first day with a friend.
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