USNI News: Destroyer Zumwalt’s Commissioning Ceremony Latest in Long Tradition
On Saturday, the guided missile destroyer Zumwalt (DDG-1000) will formally enter the U.S. Navy fleet in Baltimore in an act of pageantry that goes back thousands of years – the commissioning ceremony.
As late as 3,000 B.C., a Babylonian narrative described the sacrifice of an ox to the gods to protect sailors at the completion of a new ship, according to the U.S. Navy’s History and Heritage Command. In ancient Greece those who launched a ship, “wreathed their heads with olive branches, drank wine to honor the gods, and poured water on the new vessel as a symbol of blessing.”
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