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Teen and Navy Dad Have Surprise Reunion at Swim Meet
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. --  More than 350 sailors are home safe and sound.  Two ships, USS Robert G. Bradley and USS Stephen W. Groves, returned to Naval Station Mayport this morning after a 6-month multi-national security mission.

The son of one of the men aboard USS Groves got a huge surprise as he prepared for a swimming championship at the Cecil Aquatic Center.

"We've been planning this for like two weeks now," said St. Johns Summer Swim League VP Deborah Serrahn.

Command Senior Chief Darcy Beauchamp left from Mayport and went straight to the Aquatic Center, on a mission to surprise his 16-year-old son Christian.

"And we're going to sneak him into the building," said Serrahn.

Once Dad was inside, Christian was called over to discuss some "issues" with some of his swimming times.  Of course it was all a lie to distract him.

After a few moments, he felt a tap on his shoulder.  The crowd erupted in applause as an unsuspecting and smiling Christian gave his father a huge hug.

"It's pretty cool.  I didn't expect to see him here.  It was a surprise," he said.

"Yeah he was definitely surprised.  He didn't think we'd be able to make it," said Darcy Beauchamp.

The reunion touched the hearts of swimmers and coaches and made the championship much more special for Christian as he competed.

"I'm definitely going to swim a lot faster now that he's here," he said.

"It's hard to leave but it definitely feels really good to come home," said Darcy Beauchamp.

Beauchamp is one of 350 sailors who participated in an exercise called Africom 2011.  The initiative is aimed at improving maritime safety and security in Africa.

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