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Response from Fred

December 8 2006 at 9:53 AM

Sherry  (Login switt81555)
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Response to Trivia from Fred

The last paragraphs are taken from NTP directives and Naval regulations on flags pennants and customs. Naval Regulations make no mention of the religious pennants. Bob Willard is most correct in his mentioning the same point of hoist. The ship on which I served the ensign flew from the gaff. This is the position of honor while underway. The commissioning pennant flew from the main truck attached to a small piece of swab handle, which in turn is attached to a halyard. The piece of swab handle was to keep the pennant from fouling. This position was several feet higher than the gaff. During my enlistment I had never seen the religious pennant displayed. For that matter the Trenton had been awarded the NUC and didn’t fly that pennant either. But of course, I’ll start the rumor about a Buddhist Chaplin and who will pose for its pennant.

No flag or pennant may be flown above or, if on the same level, to the right of our national flag. One exception is the display of flags at the United Nations headquarters, where special rules apply.

The only other exception is during church services aboard ship conducted by Navy chaplains or visiting church dignitaries. Then the church pennant or the Jewish worship pennant is flown above the ensign. Many ships are fitted with two halyards to the same point of hoist at both the staff and gaff to permit display of the church pennant and ensign simultaneously. Aboard ships under way, the church pennant is displayed by hoisting it to the peak or truck and then dipping the ensign just clear of it. If services are being conducted at the time of morning colors aboard ships not under way, the ensign is hoisted to the top of the flagstaff at the prescribed time. The church pennant is then hoisted and the ensign dipped just clear of the pennant. If the ensign is half-masted, the church pennant is hoisted just above the ensign. When the church pennant is lowered, the ensign is closed up (hoisted to the truck, peak, or top of the flagstaff) before the pennant is lowered. Although the church pennant may not be flown above the national flag ashore, it may be displayed separately. The Jewish worship pennant is displayed during Jewish religious services afloat and ashore. The Secretary of the Navy authorized this pennant in 1975. The same rules governing the display of the church pennant apply to the display of the Jewish worship pennant.

When directed by the president, the national ensign shall be flown at half-mast at military facilities and naval vessels and stations abroad weather or not the national ensign of another nation is flown full-mast along side that of the United States.

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