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Chaplain Clark's Decommissioning Prayer

Almighty and Eternal Father,

By your Holy Spirit be with this assembly gathered to retire a Fighting Lady from active service. For three decades exploits of USS Richard B. Anderson have rendered consistent and faithful service in the cause of peace and freedom. Today her tour is over. May she continue to steam in the memories of the many who served aboard her in peace and war. For your protection and blessing upon the thousands who sailed in her as part of the Richard B. Anderson crew we give you special thanks. Enable the shipmates presently aboard, even as they disperse, to contribute expertise and enthusiam developed here to positions throughout the U.S. Navy and the world. And when, like United States Ship Richard B. Anderson, our colors are struck and our Logbook sealed, grant us safe haven and a peaceful harbor for the sake of Jesus Christ, Your Son, Our Lord, in whose name we pray. Amen.