Figure 10-6.United States Navy flag
Figure 10-7.United Nations flag.
When United Nations dignitaries are to be
honored, U.S. Navy vessels display the United
Nations flag in the same manner as they present a
foreign ensign during visits of a foreign president or
The President of the United States may authorize
the display of the United Nations flag for national
occasions other than those named.
Flags, Pennants and Customs, NTP 13, contains
instructions for the display of, restrictions, and
prohibitions for the United Nations flag. The
following list contains a few of the regulations:
The United Nations flag may be displayed alone
or with other national flags to demonstrate support of
the United Nations and to further its principles and
When it is displayed with one or more other flags,
all flags displayed are flown on the same level and
should be of approximately equal size.
It may be displayed on either side of any other
flag without being in a subordinate position to such flag.
On no account may any flag displayed with the
United Nations flag be on a higher level than the United
Nations flag, and on no account may any flag displayed
with the United Nations flag be larger than the United
The flag ordinarily is displayed from sunrise to
sunset, but it may also be displayed at night upon special
The United Nations flag should never be used as
a drapery of any sort, nor festooned, drawn back, up, or
in folds, but always allowed to fall free.
In a closed circle, a cluster, or a linear or
semicircular grouping of flags of the United Nations,
flags other than the United Nations flag are displayed
in the English alphabetical order of the countries
represented, starting from the left and reading
clockwise. The United Nations flag may be displayed
on a flagpole in the center of a circle of flags or in the
center of a line cluster or semicircular display.
The homeward-bound pennant is flown by ships
returning from extended overseas tours. The pennant
is authorized for display by a ship that has been on
duty outside the limits of the United States
continuously for at least 9 months. It is hoisted on
getting under way for the United States and may be
flown until sunset on the day of arrival in a port of
destination. The pennant is similar to the commission
pennant, but instead of the usual seven stars, there is
one star for the first 9 months of overseas duty and one
star for each additional 6 months. Total length of the
pennant customarily is 1 foot for each officer and
enlisted crewmember who served overseas for a
period in excess of 9 months. When the number of
personnel produces an unwieldy pennant, the length
of the pennant is restricted to the length of the ship.
Upon arrival in a port of the United States, the blue
portion containing the stars is presented to the
commanding officer. The remainder of the pennant is
divided equally among the officers and enlisted crew.