Returning service members meet their newborns for the first time

(WTNH / Tina Detelj)

GROTON, Conn. (WTNH) — A heartwarming and touching welcome home for some service members returning to the Groton Subase Friday, a few fathers got to meet their newborns for the first time!

Ten crew members on the U.S.S. Providence all became dads, some of them for the first time while they were on their six month deployment. Four of those dads got to see their new sons and daughters today for the very first time.

Among them were Jeremy Castle and Eric Gatchell who were also on their very first deployments. Gatchell was able to finally meet his daughter Grace.

“It feels incredible. It’s really just a lot. It’s great. I can’t even describe it now,” said Gatchell. “It’s been a long six months. I mean what better to come back to. My wife and my new daughter.”

Jeremy Castle’s new son is Killian, and his wife Meaghan Castle was elated to have him back from his tour of duty. “[It’s] nice to have him home… So amazing, I miss him so much.”

Of U.S.S. Providence’s crew of 13, 75 are brand new crew members.

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