Tearful goodbyes as USS Stennis heads out to sea

BREMERTON, Wash. -- Monday was an emotional day for the friends and family of more than 2,000 sailors who just left Bremerton on the USS John C. Stennis. The men and women are shipping out 4 months earlier than expected.

The Lamy family has said goodby five times before, and know to spend each minute, every second, very carefully.

"It's hard. You become a single parent for the next - how many months - they're gone," said Navy wife Joanna Lamy. "So, it's a little hard, yeah."

The sailors are leaving earlier than planned because the Pentagon wants to keep the USS Stennis and another carrier in the Persian Gulf in case something develops in the Middle East.

The Stennis had just returned from the Middle East in March and is on its way to San Diego to pick up aircraft and more crew members. Then its off to the Persian Gulf.

Though they're being called away, there's also a pull for them to come back soon, and safely.

Until then, it's a countdown until departure.

"Every day he's gone is just one day closer to him coming home," said Navy wife Kathy Savoy.

Todd Savoy is parting ways with his son Kayson, just 4 and a half months after welcoming him into the world.

"It was more tough on her last deployment, being pregnant," Todd Savoy said. "Now, I think it's going to be more tough on me. I don't want to leave."

The sailors and their families say one of the hardest things for them is they don't know how long it'll be before they come back. It could be 6 months, it could be up to nine. They won't know until they get the OK to come back home.