Figure 4-12.The remains as they are carried on board ship.
ensign is placed over the head of the casket at the left
shoulder of the deceased. The casket may be placed
upon a board of suitable length and width which may
later be fitted with cross battens underneath; these
battens serve as handles. Low sideboards may also be
utilized. When this is done, the casket should be
securely lashed to the board and secured to the deck.
The inport officer of the deck (OOD), the master-at-
arms (MAA), or other delegated representative of the
commanding officer will take custody of the remains
and ensure that all necessary preparations are made
and all appropriate honors are rendered. The honors
that should be given during the ceremony itself are
prescribed in U.S. Navy Regulations,1973.
PREPARATION FOR THE BURIAL
AT SEA SERVICE
After departing from port and just prior to the
ships arrival at the area of committal, the place on
the deck which is selected for the committal is cleared
and rigged so that when the body is brought on deck it
may be placed securely on a stand with feet outboard,
at right angles to, and extending over the side of the
ship. This preparation is normally made by the deck