A San Diego gay couple this week shared the ceremonial first kiss at a Navy homecoming, making them the first-ever male gay couple chosen for the honor.

Petty Officer Second Class Thomas Sawicki returned home from a seven-month deployment.

His boyfriend Shawn Brier waited nervously as the submarine warship USS San Francisco arrived at Naval Base Point Loma on Monday afternoon.

“I don't want to screw it up and fall in the water or something,” Brier told NBC San Diego.

“Everyone was cheering for me when they announced it over email,” Sawicki said. “Everyone was very excited, very supportive, very happy.”

It was the first WestPac deployment for the couple.

The American Military Partner Association, which supports LGBT military families, applauded the choice.

“Since the repeal of the discriminatory 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' law, we've made tremendous progress as a community and as a nation in our pursuit of liberty and justice for all Americans,” said Ashley Broadway-Mack, the group's president. “Although we still have progress to make, moments like these remind us just how far we've come.”