There's just something about a Navy homecoming that bring up those farm, fuzzy feelings in a way that no other homecomings do. Maybe it's the sunshine sparkling off the water, adding to that special golden homecoming glow. Maybe it's those smart Navy uniforms. Or maybe it's the first kiss lottery -- a unique Navy tradition.
Whatever the reason, a Navy homecoming is a special thing. And lucky us! The Navy is really good at posting great homecoming photos. Here are some of our favorites.
Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Janweb B. Lagazo holds his newborn baby for the first time during a homecoming celebration for the guided-missile destroyer USS Mason. (Photo: U.S. Navy/Communication Specialist 3rd Class Maria I. Alvarez)
Lt. John Geary, assigned to the Chargers of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (HS) 14, pets his dog during a homecoming celebration. (U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Justin Smelley.)
Friends and families embrace the pilots from Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 103 during a homecoming celebration at Naval Air Station Oceana. (U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kayla King)
Gas Turbine Systems Technician Mechanical 3rd Class Bradley A. Spears proposes to Emily Palmer during a homecoming celebration for the guided-missile destroyer USS Mason (DDG 87). (U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Maria I. Alvarez)
A Sailor assigned to USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) embraces his wife during the homecoming celebration at Naval Base Kitsap. (U.S. Navy/Petty Officer 3rd Class Athena Barber)
SS Key West Engineer Officer Lt. Cmdr Judson Thomas is surprised with a gender reveal by his wife Lizzie and son Calhoun during the submarine homecoming. (U.S. Navy/Lieutenant Lauren Spaziano.)
Joshua Ridlen, a naval aircrewman from the Proud Warriors of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 72, proposes to his girlfriend, Sarah Yeager, at the squadrons homecoming ceremony at Naval Air Station Jacksonville. (U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Michael Lopez.)
A Sailor assigned to the guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88) greets his wife and daughter during a homecoming ceremony at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. (U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Johans Chavarro)
Machinist's Mate 1st Class Freddie Jones hugs his children during a homecoming celebration on the pier after returning from deployment aboard the Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Helena (SSN 725). (U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Laura Hoover)
Lt. Cmdr. David Sechrist, from Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 21, reunites with his daughter during a homecoming celebration at Naval Air Station North Island. (U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Wilyanna Harper)