According to the U.S. Coast Guard, when officers re-enlist the swearing-in ceremonies can be pretty elaborate.
Petty Officer 2nd Class Derick Arneberg must have had that in mind when it came time for him to renew his oath. His level of one-upmanship might have raised the bar too high for any officers of the Coast Guard Maritime Law Enforcement Academy to outdo in the future.
Arneberg’s ceremony was held at South Carolina Aquarium in Charleston, where he volunteers. He swore in for another four years of service in the Coast Guard while submerged underwater in a giant fish tank in the aquarium, which was filled with 385 thousand gallons of water.
The video of the re-enlistment was posted on Facebook Wednesday.
While Arneberg was inside the tank, the officer conducting the swearing in ceremony was outside, looking through the glass at the the officer originally from Fosston, Minn.
Arneberg’s diving gear and oxygen tank was equipped with headphones and a microphone, so he could hear and recite the oath, as it was played on speakers outside the tank.
At the end of the ceremony, Arneberg thanked the officer who swore him, who responded by saying “I’d shake your hand right now, but …”
On the Facebook post, provided by U.S. Coast Guard Southeast seventh district, the poster noted that “None of the marine life was sworn in.”