During his homecoming on Monday, a Navy sailor proposed marriage to his boyfriend.

Machinist's Mate 2nd Class Jerrel Revels got on bended knee and proposed marriage to Dylan Kirchner after he stepped off the USS New Mexico in Connecticut from a six-month deployment.

Revels proposed on the dock of the Naval Submarine Base New London surrounded by roughly 200 people who had gathered to greet the submarine's returning crew.

“It kind of tickled my mind every now and then that [he would propose] but I never expected this,” Kirchner told New London, Connecticut daily The Day. “I didn't really care everybody was around. It felt just like the two of us.”

Revels and Kirchner, who met last September through mutual friends, said that they had yet to set a date for their wedding.

The proposal comes two years after the military ended its 18-year-old policy prohibiting gay service members from serving openly and two months after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). With “Don't Ask, Don't Tell” and DOMA gone, spouses of gay troops are set to receive equal benefits as their heterosexual counterparts.