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Navy helps reunite two brothers in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea

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by Keith Eldridge

OLYMPIA, Wash. - A family in Washington said the Navy went to great lengths to pull off a surprise reunion for their two sons who are serving at sea.

Aviation Boatswain's Mate 2nd Class Casey Halter and his brother, Fire Controlman 2nd Class Lucas Halter grew up on the waters of Puget Sound.

But, the Navy has split them in different oceans around the world. They hadn't seen each other in five years - until this week. Then came a surprise phone call.

"It was my son calling, it was Casey. And then he put Lucas on and they they both told me Happy Mother's Day. So it was the best gift," said their mother Carolyn Halter.

This is how it started, with Casey Halter stationed on board the USS Harry Truman air craft carrier and brother Lucas Halter on board the guided missile destroyer USS Porter.

The fighting in Syria brought both Navy ships together in the Mediterranean Sea - just three miles apart.

It went that way for three weeks, until Casey asked his commanders if something might be done about it, since they hadn't seen each other in so long. But nothing happened.

On Thursday, he thought he was in trouble, being ordered to see the commanding officer.

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"And at that point he was really nervous. So they took him upstairs to the commanding officer and went in the door and our son Lucas was sitting on the couch just laughing at him," said their father Greg Halter.

The Navy flew Lucas to the USS Truman so he and Casey they could finally see each other and spend some time together.

"For me, knowing that they're together was great because I don't get to see them. But it's good for them to connect." added Carolyn.

The brothers are fourth generation Navy.

"I have a lot of pride. They're wonderful boys. It's hard," Carolyn Halter. said, fighting back tears. "I miss them and I want them to come home. But I know they're doing a good thing. They're doing things to keep why we have this country."

"They just saw what it did for me and our lives and so they decided to do it," said Greg Halter.

He said both his sons just re-enlisted for another six years.

The brothers hope to spend more time together in the future as they change from being on ships to being on shore duty.

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