SAN DIEGO – The guided missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain (CG 57) was the site of a special christening ceremony for the daughter of an officer assigned to the ship, April 4.
Lt. Cmdr. Matt Noland, Lake Champlain’s combat systems officer, and his wife Beth decided to have their daughter Remy Adelaide Noland baptized in the ship’ bell following a century’s old tradition.
The ceremony was held on Lake Champlain’s forecastle and was attended by many members of the wardroom along with the parents and godparents of the child.
Capt. Jerome Hinson, the chaplain for U.S. Third Fleet, performed the traditional ceremony complete with hymnals and readings from the Bible.
“This baptism is a very special occasion that we hope honors God and the Noland family,” said Lt. Michael Kennedy, Lake Champlain’s command chaplain.
As tradition dictates, Remy’s name will be recorded inside the ship’s bell as a record of her baptism and a testament to the life of faith that is ahead of her.