Inside Your Navy Chaplain Corps: Faces from the Fleet


Embedded in the command, Navy chaplains and religious program specialists work together to provide and facilitate for the religious needs of those in their command while also caring for all. The following are recent photos of religious ministry teams deployed around the world, inspiring hope and strengthening the spiritual well-being of Sailors and their families over the holidays. Tell us which photo best shows this in the comments below.


GULF OF OMAN: Lt. Ryan Whitfield, Carrier Air Wing 7 chaplain, delivers a blessing of the jets for members of Carrier Air Wing 7 and the air crew of USS Harry S. Truman, Dec. 26, 2015. (U.S. Navy photo by Yeoman 2nd Class Jacqueline Gould /released)

Prayer at sea with Truman crew

GULF OF EDEN: Sailors aboard USS Harry S. Truman celebrate the Christmas holiday during a cantata service coordinated by the command religious ministry department Dec. 20, 2015. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Anthony Presley/released)

Crew aboard USS Harry S. Truman celebrate the Christmas holiday during a Christmas cantata service coordinated by the command religious ministry department

Sailors and Marines gather for a Christmas Cantata service

SAIPAN: Lt. Andrew Forester, Naval Base Guam chaplain currently assigned to Commander, Task Force (CTF) 75, conducts a religious service Dec. 20, 2015. CTF 75 is the primary expeditionary task force responsible for the planning and execution of coastal riverine operations, explosive ordnance disposal, diving engineering and construction and underwater construction in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy Combat Camera photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Ace Rheaume/RELEASED)

Lt. Andrew Forester, Naval Base Guam chaplain, assigned to Commander, Task Force (CTF) 75, conducts a religious service off the coast of Saipan Dec. 20, 2015.  CTF 75 is the primary expeditionary task force responsible for the planning and execution of coastal riverine operations, explosive ordnance disposal, diving engineering and construction and underwater construction in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy Combat Camera photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Ace Rheaume/RELEASED)


NORFOLK
: Sailors assigned to the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) sing Christmas carols on the pier in front of the ship’s brow. The event was led by the ship’s chaplain, Lt. Andrew Young (far left) Dec. 16. The Wasp is currently inport while undergoing maintenance. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Rawad Madanat/Released)

151216-N-JW440-017 NORFOLK (Dec 16, 2015) Sailors assigned to the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) sing Christmas carols on the pier in front of the ship's brow. The event was led by the ship's chaplain, Lt. Andrew Young (far left), from Mitchel, S.D. The Wasp is currently inport while undergoing maintenance. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Rawad Madanat/Released)

SAN DIEGO: Cmdr. David Thames, a chaplain aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), leads Christmas service in the ship’s chapel Dec. 25, 2015. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Zackary Alan Landers/Released)

 SAN DIEGO (Dec. 25, 2015) Cmdr. David Thames, a chaplain aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), leads Christmas service in the ship's chapel. Carl Vinson is undergoing a Chief of Naval Operations Planned Incremental Availability maintenance period in its homeport of San Diego. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Zackary Alan Landers/Released)


BREMERTON:
Naval Hospital Bremerton’s Pastoral Care Department made sure that the holiday spirit was alive and cheerful on Dec. 17, 2015 as Buddy the Elf (played by Religious Program Specialist 3rd Class Kaleib Taylor) joined Santa (portrayed by Navy chaplain Lt. Shawn Redmon) to meet and greet and share season greetings with staff, families and visitors to the command. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communications Specialist 3rd Class Shauna C. Sowersby/released) 

Sharing an elfish smile ... Naval Hospital Bremerton's Pastoral Care Department made sure that the holiday spirit was alive and cheerful on Dec. 17 as Buddy the Elf (played by Religious Program Specialist Kaleib Taylor) joined Santa (portrayed by Lt. Shawn Redmon, Navy Chaplain Corps) to meet, greet and share season greetings with staff, beneficiaries and visitors to the command (Official Navy photo by MC3 Shauna C. Sowersby, Naval Hospital Bremerton Public Affairs).

"OMG Santa's here, I know him!" Buddy the Elf shares an exuberant moment with Santa at Naval Hospital Bremerton as they spread holiday warmth and share season greetings with staff, beneficiaries and visitors on Dec. 17 (Official Navy photo by MC3 Shauna C. Sowersby, Naval Hospital Bremerton Public Affairs).