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Destroyer Laboon deploys from Norfolk, leaves families behind

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Samantha Snyder, 19, holds onto Kim Hagerman, 20, as the guided-missile destroyer Laboon deploys on July 11 from the Naval Station Norfolk in Norfolk, Va. Hagerman is engaged to Seaman Apprentice Sean DeJuliis, Snyder's brother.

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Petty Officer 1st Class Amy Woolston, right, hugs her 4-year-old son, Ian, as she prepares to board the guided-missile destroyer Laboon.

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Kim Hagerman hugs Christina Snyder, the mother of her fiance, Seaman Apprentice Sean DeJuliis, during deployment for the guided-missile destroyer Laboon.

The guided missile destroyer Laboon left Norfolk Naval Station in Norfolk, Va. on Wednesday to join the U.S. 6th Fleet Area of Responsibility to participate in Ballistic Missile Defense operations.

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