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Sailors stationed aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) learned this last weekend when the ship pulled in for a brief refueling. U.S. Navy ships don’t stop here often, but Ross stayed just long enough for Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Jonathan Scripp, from Whitaker, Pennsylvania, to seize an opportunity.
Scripp, who was baptized as a child, had been wanting to reaffirm his faith for a while. “During boot camp,” Scripp said, “a couple guys and I did a prayer night every night where we would choose a verse from the Bible and explain what it means to us, and we would go around in a circle until everybody had done theirs, and then one of the people would say a prayer. There were times where we had 20 people doing it – it was honestly really cool.”
Since leaving boot camp, Scripp has been stationed at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, and now Ross, which is homeported in Rota, Spain. He said he hasn’t done much to mimic the practice he had back in boot camp, but described feeling like something was missing from his life without it. Recently, he had asked Lt. Joshua Johnson, a Navy Chaplain stationed aboard Ross, if he could reaffirm his baptism whenever the ship pulled into its next port. As events unfolded, the Faroe Islands became that place.
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