Canadian Sailor ends deployment with a proposal 

After months of separation, Misty Carpenter waited on the docks of Halifax for her boyfriend’s return, but what she didn’t know was during their six months apart, Sub-Lieutenant (SLt) James Adams was planning the surprise of a lifetime.

The reunion became unforgettable for both the couple and bystanders when Adams went down on one knee and presented Carpenter with a little red box.

“I was definitely not expecting it. I was just so happy to be able to see him again, the fact that he was down on one knee asking me to marry him made the wait worth it. I have been describing the moment to my family and friends as ‘something from a dream’- which it completely was. I was shocked, excited, and so happy. We are so excited to start this next chapter of our lives together,” said Carpenter.

Adams left Halifax on Jan. 5 with HMCS Fredericton to head out to the Mediterranean and Black Seas for Operation Reassurance. He had planned the proposal well before even setting sail.

“I planned it well before I left on the deployment, I wanted to make a memory that we would be able to share with family and friends for a lifetime,” said Adams, a Marine System Engineering Officer.

His co-workers were also on board with the plan, giving him suggestions, as Adams eagerly awaited to finally pop the question.

“Being away from home for six months is stressful in itself, and knowing I was planning this just added a little to it. Near the beginning of the deployment, I didn’t think about it too much, but as the date neared, I began to start thinking about how I was going to do it, what I was going to say, etc. I alway had lots of suggestions from co-workers on things I should do, with some of them causing a few laughs. The whole experience was something we will never forget,” noted Adams.

The couple is now planning for an August wedding in 2018.

Image credit: Twitter – ‏@RCN_MARLANT Jul 5 – She said YES. #HMCSFredericton sailor proposes to his fiancé upon return from 6 month deployment.


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Mishall Rehman

Originally from Atlanta, GA, Mishall is a freelance journalist pursuing her passion for writing in her new homeland Canada. She currently lives in Trenton, ON with her husband.

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