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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian25 Jan 2023 8:34 a.m. PST

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Christening is the practice of breaking a sacrificial bottle of champagne over the bow as a ship is named aloud and launched. It seems to be a parallel of the christening of babies performed in many Christian faiths. Should the tradition be continued as-is, renamed, modified, or done away with?

76% said "continue the practice as-is"

3% said "rename the practice"

2% [TIE] said "do away with the practice" OR "modify the practice"

Stryderg25 Jan 2023 11:35 a.m. PST

Breaking a bottle of champagne over a baby seems counter productive and conducive to jail time.

Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian25 Jan 2023 11:58 a.m. PST

My vote is for changing the name but keeping the custom.

rustymusket25 Jan 2023 2:44 p.m. PST

How good is the champagne?

cloudcaptain25 Jan 2023 3:13 p.m. PST

As a non-Christian I say there are no victims besides the Champagne…or as Stryderg states…said baby. Go for it. Those forking out for the champagne can decide what to call it. If my tax payer money is going to pay for $4,000 USD champagne to be broken across a boat we are going to have a problem.

Zephyr125 Jan 2023 11:33 p.m. PST

Shouldn't they be using a bottle of grog instead of champagne..? ;-)

Midlander6526 Jan 2023 12:27 a.m. PST

I'd never even heard of calling the naming of a ship a Christening before.

Stryderg26 Jan 2023 10:02 a.m. PST

I think I've heard it referred to as such.
One of my favorite scenes from the latest Battlestar Galactica was when they were about to launch their prototype stealh viper, and the president moved to smash a bottle across it's bow.

Murvihill28 Jan 2023 10:09 a.m. PST

There will/must be some kind of ceremony when a ship is commissioned, no reason not to continue it as tradition dictates.

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