At this time, there are more choices available for burial at sea whether it is in a full-body casket or in an urn containing ashes after cremation. In the photo sailors release the ashes of a deceased Sailor during a burial at sea ceremony onboard the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp. Photo: US Navy
Military Burial at Sea Services
- Station firing squad, casket bearers and bugler.
- Officer’s call. Pass the word “All hands bury the dead” (the ships should be stopped, if practicable, and colors displayed at half-mast.
- Adjutant’s call (Call to Attention).
- Bring the massed formation to Parade Rest.
- Burial service.
- The Scripture (Parade Rest).
- The prayers (Parade Rest, heads bowed).
- The Committal (Attention, Hand Salute).
- The Benediction (Parade Rest, heads bowed).
- Fire three volleys (Attention, Hand Salute).
- Taps. Close up colors. Resume course and speed at the last note of Taps (Hand Salute)
- Encasing of the flag (Attention).
- Retreat (Resume normal duties).