NORFOLK — Brittany Shimer’s attempt for that classic Audrey Hepburn look paid off.
When Petty Officer 2nd Class John Shimer stepped off the submarine USS Newport News on Friday, he enveloped his wife, giving her not one, but two passionate kisses.
The couple scored the coveted first kiss that marks the return of a Navy vessel to its homeport. After being separated by a six-month deployment, the Shimers appeared ready not only to earn it, but intent on making the moment last as long as they could.
"Well, I do look fantastic," Brittany Shimer said moments later, holding the rose her husband handed her. She wore a timeless navy-colored dress she ordered for the occasion from a vintage-style website.
Shimer was one of a little more than 150 sailors aboard the Newport News who returned to Norfolk Naval Station. Anticipation built along the pier as families gathered to welcome home the Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine.
Families cheered when the boat finally appeared, holding up cellphone cameras en masse to capture the moment.
As she waited for her son, Petty Officer 3rd Class William Hon, Kim Hon said she felt "a bit of everything" including "just all-around proud."
"I can’t wait to…