PACIFIC OCEAN - The crew of the guided missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain (CG 57) conducted several burials at sea Nov. 26, following a long Naval tradition of committing the remains of our nation’s honored veterans to the deep.
The traditional burial at sea is an opportunity to recognize and pay tribute to the deceased and their families on behalf of a grateful nation.
During the ceremony, 19 former service members and one service member’s wife were laid to rest in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of San Diego.
Lt. Travis Coffey, Lake Champlain’s command chaplain, officiated over a short service which included prayers, readings from scripture, the playing of the Navy Hymn and Taps, and a three-volley gun salute.
“I am extremely proud of the crew’s reverence and inspired efforts to honor the families of the fallen,” said Coffey after the ceremony. “Everyone did a great job,”
Each of the families of the veterans honored during the ceremony will receive a flag flown from the ship, rifle casings from the gun salute, a chart showing the location of the committal, a video and photographs from the ceremony, and a letter of condolences from the ship’s commanding officer.