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PBR 842 Battle Flag

Made in downtown Nha Be.
Designed by Hoelscher and Schlotterback 68/69.
What a crew!
Submitted by Paul Quinlan


The First Navy Jack

Notice: Effective 9-11-02, all US Naval ships will fly this flag in lieu of the U.S. Jack to honor the victims of
9-11-01. They will continue to fly this flag until the war on terrorism is won!

As the first ships of the Continental Navy readied on the Delaware River during the fall of 1775, Commodore Esek Hopkins issued a set of fleet signals. His signal for the fleet to engage the enemy provided for the "strip'd Jack and Ensign at their proper places." Thus, the First Navy Jack was a flag consisting of 13 horizontal alternating red and white stripes bearing diagonally across them a rattlesnake in a moving position with the motto "Don't Tread On Me."

In 1980, the Secretary of the Navy directed that the ship in an active status with the longest total period of active service shall display the First Navy Jack until decommissioned or transferred to inactive service, at which time the flag shall be passed to the next ship in line with appropriate honors. The display of the Jack by the oldest ship in the fleet is an appropriate form of recognition and promotes pride of service, enhances morale and contributes to the tradition of naval service.

Starting on June 30, 1995, USS INDEPENDENCE (CV62) proudly flew the First Navy Jack—the first aircraft carrier to hold this honor.Click to see what ship flies it now.

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