Left behind: Navy families navigate life at home

Kelsey lays down a Christmas tree after cutting it as Jessica Whitman, holding her daughter, Charlotte, looks on and Hadley and Colton run out of the way on Friday, Nov. 24, 2017, at Geer Tree Farms in Griswold. 'I think this is the first time I've really cut down the Christmas tree. It's harder than it looks,' Kelsey said. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
Kelsey lays down a Christmas tree after cutting it as Jessica Whitman, holding her daughter, Charlotte, looks on and Hadley and Colton run out of the way on Friday, Nov. 24, 2017, at Geer Tree Farms in Griswold. "I think this is the first time I've really cut down the Christmas tree. It's harder than it looks," Kelsey said. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

To get a better sense of what life is like at home while submarine crews are deployed, Day reporter Julia Bergman and photographer Sarah Gordon spent about five months shadowing two Navy families of sailors aboard the fast-attack submarine USS Minnesota as they navigated day-to-day life.

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