“Traditional procedures for Islamic burial was followed,” the 2 May email from Rear Admiral Charles Gaouette reads. “The deceased’s body was washed (ablution) then placed in a white sheet. The body was placed in a weighted bag. A military officer read prepared religious remarks, which were translated into Arabic by a native speaker. After the words were complete, the body was placed on a prepared flat board, tipped up, whereupon the deceased’s body slid into the sea.”
Earlier, Gaouette, then the deputy commander of the navy’s Fifth Fleet, and another officer used code words to discuss whether the helicopters carrying the Seals and Bin Laden’s body had arrived on the Carl Vinson.
“Any news on the package for us?” he asked Rear Admiral Samuel Perez, commander of the carrier strike group that included the Vinson.
“Fedex delivered the package,” Perez responded. “Both trucks are safely en route home base.”