#01- first time
“I am inspired by Vella Gulf Sailors every single day,” said Thompson. “It was a challenging work-up cycle and a long deployment that saw two unplanned extensions and very few liberty ports. Throughout it all, the crew demonstrated incredible commitment and toughness; it was an honor to sail with them.” The ship traveled 49,130 nautical miles during its 237-day deployment. But that time melted away on Friday, especially to father seeing their new babies for the first time.