USS Eisenhower conducts solemn burial at sea ceremony (VIDEO)

Earlier this month the carrier, while underway, consigned the mortal remains of six former service members to the embrace of the deep.

The Navy’s Burial at Sea Program continues a tradition dating back to the earliest days of mariners lost while on the waves. It allows deceased active, former and retired personnel of any of the uniformed services, as well as civilian mariners of the Navy’s Military Sealift Command and dependent family members to be committed to the deep.

While family members cannot attend as the ship is underway at sea, the commanding officer will notify survivors of the date, time, and coordinates where the committal was performed.