Burial at sea is not just a tradition that was practiced by the Navy of old. It is a means of final disposition of cremains or intact remains that is offered to and still utilized by active duty, retired, and honorable veterans of all branches of the United States military.
Military Burial at sea services are performed while the vessel is on official deployment maneuvers. Therefore, it is not possible for the family or civilians to be present.
Military burials at sea, though offered at no cost to veterans, can take up to 18 months after death, after which the family will be notified by the commanding officer of that vessel of the date time, longitude, and latitude of the committal service. You can contact the US Government Military Affairs for details. We can also consult and assist during your time of need if you wish.