USS O’Kane conducts burial at sea ceremony

(Via Ho’okele News)

Information Technician 2nd Class Ruddana Skipper (left) of Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS O'Kane (DDG 77) presents Cmdr. James Juster, O'Kane's commanding officer with a commemorative flag, as Lt. Cmdr. Chad Muehler, Destroyer Squadron 31's chaplain, and Cmdr. Gina McCaine (right), O'Kane's executive officer, observe during a burial at sea ceremony on March 15.

Ensign Calvin Sessions

USS O’Kane (DDG 77) Public Affairs

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS O’Kane (DDG 77) conducted a burial at sea ceremony March 15 while transiting through the Pacific Ocean.

An honor platoon of Sailors, a color guard and a rifle detail were assembled on the flight deck in their dress white uniforms and performed the burial of 10 military veterans and one military spouse.

Cmdr. Gina McCaine, O’Kane’s executive officer, was the master of ceremonies, and Destroyer Squadron 31′s chaplain, Chaplain (Lt. Cmdr.) Carl Muehler, offered prayers and the benediction.

Fire Controlman Chief Gabriel Delgado (left) of Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS O'Kane (DDG 77) leads a rifle detail as they render honors during a burial at sea ceremony. U.S. Navy photos by Fire Controlman First Class Shod Williams

Each veteran received a rifle salute as they were laid to rest in the Pacific.

“It is a privilege to be selected to conduct this ceremony and give back to the families of veterans who have honorably served our country,” said Cmdr. James Juster, O’Kane’s commanding officer.

The families of the veterans will receive a chart of where their loved ones were buried, a burial flag and photos of the ceremony.

O’Kane departed Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam on March 7 for a deployment to the western Pacific Ocean and U.S. 5th Fleet area of operation.

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