The Chief of Navy Chaplains, Rear Admiral Mark Tidd, paid a visit to the Ticonderoga-class Cruiser USS Bunker Hill (CG 52) April 17, 2011. During his brief stay, he lead the ship’s congregation in church services by speaking on the subjects of triumph and perseverance in relation to service at sea.
“It’s great to be with you, I know you are a long way from anything that is as familiar as your friends, family and home,” said Tidd. “As you deploy around the world, god’s word goes with you.”
At the closing of services, he toured the ship’s many spaces and greeted Sailors along the way. Among the stops were the ship’s supply support center, medical facilities, personnel office, engineering spaces and bridge. In that time, he engaged with the crew by opening himself up for questions and asking a few of his own.
Before leaving, Tidd spoke with a focus group comprised of different Sailors from many of the ship’s departments. He asked Sailors to reveal their opinions and concerns that touched on many of the stresses that service members face while deployed. Of these topics, deployment time away from home filled most of the discussion.
“There is a cost of your commitment, and that is the separation from your family and friends,” said Tidd. Your willingness to do that is a tremendous commitment and I appreciate that.”