WASHINGTON, D.C. (WAVY) - A young child of two Sailors was baptized Oct. 13 abroad the USS Ashland.
According to a Navy press release, Grace Caroline Sims, the daughter of Lt. Hayley Sims and Lt. Brandon Sims was baptized on the same day as Navy's 237th birthday.
"Naval Service is distinct from professions in the civilian world," Brandon Sims said. "Traditions like baptism in the ship's bell highlight how much a naval officer's professional life is intertwined with personal life. I am proud to see my daughter be a part of our Navy's Heritage."
Per tradition, the name of every child that is baptized abroad a ship is engraved inside of the ship's bell. As the Ashland's first baptism, Grace's name will be the first etched in the bell.
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