burial at sea

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burial at sea

The burial of a deceased in marine waters, either by weighting the shrouded body and dropping it in the water, or after cremation, with the ashes being scattered over the water. Burial at sea has a long tradition with the British, Canadian and the US navies, with pomp and circumstance that includes stopping the ship, firing party, crew at parade rest, casket bearers, a bugler and a flag draped over the coffin until it is dropped into the sea. Some religions (e.g., Judaism) are strictly opposed to the practice.
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The weather was too bad to give the corpse a proper sea burial.
These days, there are only three designated sea burial sites in the UK: off the coasts of Northumberland, Sussex and the Isle of Wight.
OSAMA bin Laden's body was called "the package" by military top brass before his sea burial, top secret emails reveal.
OSAMA bin Laden's body was called "the package" sent by "Fedex" before his sea burial, top secret military emails reveal.
Samuel Perez, commander of the carrier strike group that included the Vinson, "package" referring to bin Laden's body that SEALS were transferring to the ship for the sea burial via helicopters.
The Osprey flew south, destined for the deck of the USS Carl Vinson, a 1,000-foot-long nuclear-powered aircraft carrier sailing in the Arabian Sea, off the Pakistani coast for the sea burial of the slain al-Qaeda chief.
Geelani also condemned the sea burial given to Bin Laden, saying "it belied respect for any kind of values.
Washington says it opted for a sea burial out of concern that a traditional funeral could have produced a shrine for bin Laden, who topped the most wanted list for the past decade since the 9/11 terror attacks.
Bin Laden's sea burial runs contrary to the principles of Islamic law, religious values and humanitarian customs," Ahmad Al Tayeb, Grand Imam of Cairo's Al Azhar Mosque, said.
Bin Laden, 54, was given a sea burial after Muslim funeral rites on a U.
The sea burial was to prevent bin Laden's gravesite from becoming a rallying point for his followers, "You wouldn't want to leave him so that his body could become a shrine," one US official said.
US officials explained the sea burial with nations refusing to accept the body and fears of a burial place on land being turned into a shrine in the future.