The crew of the guided-missile destroyer USS Nitze (DDG 94) performed last rights for eight Sailors while sailing off the coast of Virginia in May.
Since the earliest days of sail to today’s Navy, Sailors have interred their fallen shipmates to the seas. What began as a necessity for a seafaring way of life, is today, a way to honor one’s commitment and service.
Active duty members of the military, honorably discharged retirees and veterans, Military Sealift Command U.S. civilian personnel, and their dependents are all eligible for a burial at sea to honor their service to the country.
Nitze is currently underway off the coast of Virginia.
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