When requested in writing and/or by tele-
gram, cremation is authorized subject to com-
pliance with civil regulations. No overt action by
naval authorities should be made to encourage the
NOK to elect cremation. Cremation will not be
permitted if any question exists concerning an
individuals legal right to direct disposition of the
remains. Refer to BUMEDINST 5360.1.
AT SEA DISPOSITION
Any CO who receives a request for at sea
disposition of remains or cremains will forward
the request to the appropriate fleet commander
in chief (CINC) and to the OMA of the area where
the requested port of embarkation is located.
Cognizant CINCs are authorized to designate
activities to accept remains or cremains on a
not to interfere basis. The OMA will co-
ordinate the arrangements. Upon receipt of
authorization, the date of committal or dispersion
will be determined by the availability of resources.
Except under unusual circumstances, civilian
personnel will not be authorized to attend services
aboard naval ships at sea or aboard naval aircraft.
Exceptions that cannot be resolved at the dele-
gated authority level will be referred to the CNO
for final determination. Refer to BUMEDINST
5360.1 for eligibility and specifics.
When the mortician is unable to arrest the
odor of remains, they will not be accepted for
burial at sea. The odor generated from such re-
mains will detract from the dignity of the
ceremony and will have a detrimental effect on
the officers and men of the vessel. Cremated
putrified remains (cremains) may be accepted.
Since civilians are not normally allowed to
attend ceremonies aboard naval ships or aircrafts,
photographs, a letter describing the ceremonies,
and the flag will be provided to the NOK in
accordance with BUMEDINST 5360.1.
TRANSPORTATION OF REMAINS
The activity arranging transportation has
the responsibility to provide expeditious
transportation and a confirmed schedule as soon
as possible by whatever methods meet the require-
ments. Consideration should be given to any
special desires of the NOK, including releasing the
remains for transportation that they may wish to
Remains may only be consigned to a funeral
director, the director or superintendent of a
national cemetery, or the consignee designated
by the COMNAVMEDCOM for unclaimed
remains. In addition to the above consignees,
cremains may be consigned to the PNOK or
person designated by the PNOK.
AUTHORIZED METHODS OF
THE UNITED STATES
Government air is not authorized within
CONUS without approval of the CNO (OP-414).
If it is felt circumstances dictate government
air, the COMNAVMEDCOM should be con-
tacted for guidance and assistance.
Commercial air may be supplemented by
either rail or funeral coach transportation. An
escort must travel with the remains. If delays en
route or changes in schedule occur, the escort
must notify the installation arranging the
transportation and the consignee.
Chartered Air Taxi
Chartered air taxi service may be authorized
when commercial air is not available to the
destination and the use of a funeral vehicle or rail
would cause undue delay.
This method may be used:
1. For transfer of the remains from the place
of preparation to another funeral home, to a local
cemetery, or to a common carrier terminal
2. If common carrier service is not available