The officers and crew of the guided-missile destroyer USS William P. Lawrence (DDG 110) took part in a burial at sea ceremony on the ship’s fantail to honor veterans, June 21.
The services were conducted by Cmdr. Brandon Burkett, William P. Lawrence’s executive officer, and the committal and benediction were given by Lt. Russ Hamilton, the command chaplain. An honor platoon of 10 Sailors in dress white uniforms stood in ranks on the ship’s flight deck to honor the deceased.
During the Sunday morning ceremony, the ashes of 10 veterans were committed to the sea. The traditional three-volley salute was given by the ship’s honor guard, and heralded each burial. Taps played at the end of the service.
William P. Lawrence is currently preparing for and conducting local operations off the coast of southern California as part of the John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group.
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