SAN DIEGO, California — USS Preble (DDG 88) conducted a burial at sea ceremony while underway off the coast of San Diego in the Southern California Operational Area on December 3, 2012.
The burial of 10 veterans took place just before sunset on Monday as the crew, including an honor platoon of Officers and Chief Petty Officers, a color guard and a firing squad assembled on the flight deck in their service dress blues.
Silence was maintained about the decks and our nation’s Ensign was placed at half-mast when Executive Officer Cmdr. Bob Bryans, master of ceremonies, began the ceremony and Chief Petty Officer Culinary Specialist John Alexander gave the benediction.
Each veteran received a gun salute as they were buried at sea.
"It is an honor to conduct a burial at sea ceremony," said Commanding Officer Cmdr. Kurt Sellerberg. "We are proud to be a part of such a tradition that gives tribute to the families and the veterans who so admirably served our country."
The families of the veterans will receive a chart of where their loved ones were buried, a burial flag 3 bullet casings, and photos of the ceremony.