It’s a happy day for the families of the sailors aboard HMCS Athabaskan.
The navy ship docked today in Halifax after spending two months away assisting earthquake-ravaged Haiti.
Paula Wrathall hadn’t seen her husband since January 15. She says it’s tough when her husband leaves.
“They gotta do what they gotta do and you’re proud that they went and did it,” says Wrathall.
Med Tech Master Cpl. J.P. Somerset says it’s good to be home to his fiancee.
He describes the work as rewarding, but very challenging because of limited supplies.
“Casting material and splinting material, you just couldn’t find it,” he says. “Aside from very very small children that we could actually justify using it, there wasn’t enough to do adults.”
Commanding officer Peter Crain says the mission was a successful one officers were proud to be a part of.
“(They’re) saying that it was the pinnacle of their career, it was the best deployment of their military lives,” says Crain.
The ship focused its relief effort on the city of Leogane, a place where Crain says 90 per cent of the homes are uninhabitable.