South Yemen (Peoples Democratic Republic of)
Vietnam (Social Republic of)
Dips by yachts displaying a yacht ensign are also
returned. The yacht ensign is similar in design to the
U.S. ensign except that the blue field contains a white
fouled anchor surrounded by 13 white stars.
Submarines, or such other ships of the line in
which it would be considered hazardous for personnel
to do so, are not required to dip the ensign.
Of the colors carried by a naval force on shore,
only the U.S. Navy flag and the Battalion Colors are
dipped in rendering or acknowledging a salute.
The union jack, when displayed from the jackstaff,
is the same size as the union of the ensign displayed
from the flagstaff.
When a naval ship is not under way, the union
jack is flown from the jackstaff from 0800 to sunset. It
is also hoisted at the yardarm to indicate that a general
court-martial or a court of inquiry is in session. It is
hoisted when the court meets and is hauled down when
the court adjourn.
When displayed from the jackstaff, the union jack
is half-masted when the ensign is half-masted. It is not
dipped, however, when the ensign is dipped in return
for such honor being rendered it.
The union jack is flown in boats as follows:
When a diplomatic representative of the United
States of or above the rank of charge d'affaires is
embarked in a boat of the U.S. Navy and is within the
waters of the country to which he/she is accredited
When a governor general or governor commis-
sioned as such by the President is embarked in a boat in
an official capacity and is within the area of jurisdiction
(for example, the Governor of the Virgin Islands)
PERSONAL FLAGS AND
LEARNING OBJECTIVES: Identify procedures
for the displaying of personnel flags and
command pennants from ships, shore
commands, vehicles, and aircraft. Explain the
use of the commission pennant.
Figure 10-2 shows personal flags, personal
command pennants, and several miscellaneous flags
The distinctive mark of a ship or craft in
commission in the Navy is either a commission
pennant, a personal flag, or a command pennant of an
officer of the Navy eligible for command at sea. The
distinctive mark of a Navy hospital ship in
commission is the Red Cross flag.
Only one distinctive mark is displayed by a ship
or craft at one time. If a personal flag, including that
of a civil official, or command pennant goes up, the
commission pennant comes down. Except as
prescribed in Navy Regulations for certain occasions
of ceremony, the distinctive mark must remain at the
after masthead day and night or, in a mastless ship,
from the loftiest and most conspicuous hoist.
Ceremonial occasions may require the shifting of the
distinctive mark to another masthead or to the
DISPLAY OF PERSONAL FLAGS
AND COMMAND PENNANTS
A flag officer or unit commander afloat must
display his/her personal flag or command pennant
from his/her flagship. At no time must he/she
display it from more than one ship. When a flag
officer, eligible for command at sea, is embarked for
passage in a ship of the Navy, his/her personal flag
must be displayed from such ship unless there is
already displayed a personal flag of an officer
There are any number of civil officials entitled to
show personal flags that go with their offices. The
flags of interest to a Signalman, however, are those
belonging to civil officials whose personal flags are
authorized for display during official visits. (Visits are
discussed later in this chapter.) Personal flags of
principal civil officials are shown in figure 10-3.