Sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) laid to rest one of their own in a burial at sea ceremony April 10.
Interior Communications Electrician 1st Class Leticia Jones was a member of Air Department’s V-2 division onboard TR from November 2011 to August 2013.
“It was very emotional,” said Aviation Boatswain’s Mate 3rd Class Kapri Ragin. “I’ve known her since she first got here. She was great. I’m going to miss her a lot.”
“She was a great leader,” said Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Equipment) 1st Class Shane McNutt, a casket bearer for the ceremony. “Younger people looked up to her, and she was like a sister to me. She will be missed,” said McNutt.
Capt. Daniel C. Grieco, commanding officer of Theodore Roosevelt, and Cmdr. Ryan Rupe, chaplain aboard TR, spoke at the ceremony.
“It is with honor and humility that USS Theodore Roosevelt commits to the sea Interior Communications Electrician 1st Class Leticia Jones, our shipmate. We honor the legacy of service, commitment and honor that this Sailor provided to her country,” said Grieco.
Burial at sea is an ancient Naval tradition and a sacred honor. The ceremony is available to active duty members of the armed services, retirees and veterans who were honorably discharged. It is also available to U.S. civilian marine personnel of the Military Sealift Command, and dependents of active duty service members.
“It is still very important to have a sacred moment to say farewell to our shipmates,” said Rupe. “In this way we can honor the wish of our fellow Sailor, give their family some comfort as they grieve and give all of our crew members a chance to say goodbye for one last time.”
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By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Jenna Kaliszewski, USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) Public Affairs